Authentication System Aims To Fix USB Issues

A coalition of electronics companies this week unveiled steps designed to prevent select USB cables from corrupting or damaging tech devices.

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A coalition of electronics companies this week unveiled steps designed to prevent select USB cables from corrupting or damaging tech devices.

Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Renesas Electronics and STMicroelectronics comprise the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which backs USB Type-C cables and inputs.

Type-C cables can connect more devices, transfer more power and, unlike conventional USB cables, can be aligned with either side facing up. Proponents believe that the cable could become the default method for connecting devices.

Reports, however, showed that the cables can damage electronics or make them vulnerable to hackers.

On Tuesday, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced a system to authenticate chargers and devices before improper power or data can be transferred.

The group said that the system could provide protection for everything from travelers at public terminals to companies hoping to store their electronic assets.

“Consumers and the entire industry can rest assured knowing strong authentication for USB Type-C is the key security pillar of this specification,” Joel Huloux of STMicroelectronics said in a statement.

 

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