Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:28

Seagate, IBM claim hard drive counterfeiting, but offer no details

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Hard drive manufacturer Seagate and American multinational IT services firm IBM say they are working together to reduce the incidence of hard drive counterfeiting by using blockchain technology and security technologies.

But when asked who was investing what must presumably be large sums of money into this counterfeiting activity, Seagate clammed up.

"Seagate declines to speculate on how the counterfeiters work. Through this project, Seagate and IBM are working to help reduce the global counterfeiting issues in the industry," was the response received from the company.

iTWire made the following inquiries:

  • The people who are counterfeiting hard drives must be wealthy. Do they have their own factories to do this?
  • Or are they buying unaccounted stock from factories owned by known manufacturers?
  • What kind of margins do they make on a drive?
  • Which countries are they based in?

All valid inquires, one would think.

The initial statement about the alleged counterfeiting had big bold headlines which screamed: "Seagate and IBM work together to help reduce global hard drive counterfeiting with Blockchain Technology."

And a secondary heading said, in sligjhtly smaller type: "Project combines IBM Blockchain Platform, Seagate’s advanced 'electronic fingerprinting' and product tracking to help prove provenance over hard drive life cycle."

Suffice to say that after the exchange with Seagate, we are not in any way wiser as to how this hard drive counterfeiting takes place.

And since we have no idea about that, it seems a tad silly to say how it is being prevented. After all, the event has to first occur in order to be prevented.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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