Data on stolen mobile can be destroyed remotely

Scientists have developed a tiny embedded system that could remotely destroy the memory of stolen or hacked electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops and pen drives to prevent data theft1.

“This system could be integrated with state-of-the-art high-performance silicon chips, making it potentially useful for protecting data in various fields such as intelligence, national security, banking and financial sectors,” says Muhammad M. Hussain one of the researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.

Hussain and co-researchers from the US, Switzerland and Canada created an integrated destructible device by placing a flexible polyimide substrate, a heater and an expandable polymer layer on a silicon chip. read more

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