VIA today made available VIA StrongBox, a secure virtual drive application that utilizes the VIA PadLock Security Engine in VIA C7 and VIA C7-M processors to enable real-time encryption of data on local storage devices using military-grade security algorithms. The security of VIA StrongBox will be put to the test with a US$ 5000 prize on offer during the annual OPEN HACK competition at this year’s Hack in the Box security conference being held in Malaysia this week. VIA StrongBox empowers users to safely store as much as 40 gigabytes of their personal documents, photos, and files in up to ten virtual ‘strongbox’ drives, with a stylish, intuitive interface for easy configuration and management. Information can be saved and retrieved on unlocked StrongBox drives just like any other storage device, but when locked or when the computer is shut down, VIA StrongBox encrypts all the contents in real time, rendering them 100% unreadable and inaccessible to unauthorized users.

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip
technologies and PC platform solutions, today made available VIA StrongBox, a
secure virtual drive application that utilizes the VIA PadLock Security Engine
in VIA C7 and VIA C7-M processors to enable real-time encryption of data on
local storage devices using military-grade security algorithms. The security of
VIA StrongBox will be put to the test with a US$ 5000 prize on offer during the
annual OPEN HACK competition at this year’s Hack in the Box security conference
being held in Malaysia this week.

Viruses, worms, hacking and identity theft have become an everyday part of
computing, with the result that the security of our personal and confidential
business information is emerging as the single biggest issue in computing today.
Notebook PCs are especially vulnerable, with their easy portability creating a
much higher risk of theft and loss – reports show that a staggering 10% of
notebooks are stolen annually.

VIA StrongBox empowers users to safely store as much as 40 gigabytes of their
personal documents, photos, and files in up to ten virtual ‘strongbox’ drives,
with a stylish, intuitive interface for easy configuration and management.
Information can be saved and retrieved on unlocked StrongBox drives just like
any other storage device, but when locked or when the computer is shut down, VIA
StrongBox encrypts all the contents in real time, rendering them 100% unreadable
and inaccessible to unauthorized users.

Using a combination of the military-grade secure hash algorithm SHA-1 and the
unbreakable AES 256-bit algorithm to secure drive contents, VIA StrongBox
employs the powerful hardware security features of the VIA PadLock Security
Engine built into every VIA C7-M processor to provide lightning-fast encryption
with no impact on system performance.

“VIA StrongBox is an excellent example of the proactive approach VIA is taking
to enable pervasive mobile security by taking full advantage of the unbeatable
strength and speed of the VIA PadLock Security Engine,” commented Richard Brown,
Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “As notebooks are
increasingly favoured over desktops, applications like VIA StrongBox combined
with the VIA C7-M processor are enabling a new breed of ultra secure
functionality that is of paramount importance for mobile device users.”

To help highlight and raise awareness of the issues facing mobile security, VIA
will sponsor this year’s annual OPEN HACK competition taking place during the
Hack in the Box Security Conference being held at the Westin Kuala Lumpur Hotel,
Malaysia from 26-29th September 2005. The competition will challenge event
participants to test their hacking skills in a real life scenario, using a VIA
C7-M processor-based notebook with VIA StrongBox installed as the target. If
hacked, the winner will collect the VIA-sponsored prize worth US$ 5000. The
winner is the first participant to successfully thwart the protection offered by
VIA StrongBox, and to access and read a document stored inside.

About VIA StrongBox

VIA StrongBox runs on all VIA C7 and VIA C7-M processors, as well as VIA C3 and
VIA Eden processors based on the ‘Nehemiah’ C5P core, and enables up to 10
virtual drives to be created on a system hard drive, each with a potential
maximum size of four gigabytes. Users assign each virtual StrongBox drive a
physical size limit, a drive letter, a unique password and password hint, and
may create their own password hint reminder question for enhanced password
safety.

Accessed by either the VIA StrongBox control center or the standard Microsoft®
Windows® file manager, the application gives users the option to lock and unlock
a drive, manage their drives, and configure them to automatically lock up on the
activation of a screen saver, or to enact a timed lock-out following multiple
incorrect password entries.

Available for free download from the VIA product and technical information
portal VIA Arena, the VIA StrongBox software joins an existing suite of VIA
PadLock-enabled applications released by VIA and its partners, as the latest
demonstration of the effectiveness of the VIA PadLock Security Engine. With the
VIA PadLock Security Initiative, VIA is laying down a strong foundation for
security by providing a comprehensive set of powerful building blocks to create
the building of dynamic digital fortresses to protect valuable information from
existing and emerging cyber threats.

To find out more about VIA StrongBox, please visit the VIA website at:


www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/padlock/strongbox.jsp

For more technical information on VIA StrongBox and free download, please visit
VIA Arena at:


www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=5&ArticleID=434