By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Kingston Digital has announced it is replacing potentially faulty USB flash drives in its range with new iterations of the products.

In a release this morning, Kingston reported it was alerted to potential security flaws in the drives by an external consulting firm. The affected drives are the DataTraveler BlackBox (DTBB), DataTraveler Secure – Privacy Edition and DataTraveler Elite – Privacy Edition. Kingston is offering an improved replacement for the DTBB and the DataTraveler Vault for the other two models.

“We have decided the best way to address this problem is to offer our customers replacement units that incorporate newer and stronger security architecture,” said Kingston regional manager, ANZ,  Vaughan Nankivell. “Since we were first notified of the potential hack, we have concluded that exchanging drives is the proper solution for our customers.”

Customers who own one of the affected drives are advised to visit the Kingston website for further information.