Orwl's Self-Destructing PC will Destroy Itself if Someone Tries to Hack it

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 12:00 PM

It can’t be understated just how big a deal security is these days. We’ve all got stacks of information that nefarious sorts could be tempted to gain access to, and keeping them out is a full-time job. Orwl (geddit?) PC has got you covered with the ultimate solution though, cramming some of the most powerful security software and hardware into its PC design. Oh, and it also self-destructs should anyone try to gain access, Mission Impossible style.

The lengths Orwl has been prepared to go really is a sight to behold. Log-in requires two-factor authentication, asking for both a password and a physical key to unlock it. They key has NFC technology, ensuring that if you talk away from your OrwlL PC it will automatically lock down and prevent all USB ports from running.

Each of its PCs comes loaded with either Windows, Ubuntu (Linux) or Qubes operating systems, and has protection against USB exploits, UEFI and DMA attacks.

The actual PC inside is probably pretty crap, and this isn’t the sort of thing you’re going to want to have for playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, but it will stop the police finding your awful collection of 80’s hair metal music.

Prices are starting from $1699 for the base model, rising to $4299 for the military grade M7-480GB.

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23:05 Jul-12-2017

I can see a big-time trolling opportunity here xD

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13:42 Jul-12-2017

so if someone wants ur PC dead they just have to try to hack it XD

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11:30 Jul-11-2017

i hope it will be very expensive no normal user can afford it.

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07:43 Jul-11-2017

Atlast a good place to for Porn storage :D

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02:32 Jul-11-2017

Seems like a great tool for hackers and several dark web users.

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01:28 Jul-11-2017

Uhh...I can obviously understand the need for security, however when I look at a situation and try to see if it makes sense I often just swap out the subjects for something else, and see what comes of that. And so, replace the PC with a car, and replace the hacking with the theft of said car. So, my new car now has a feature whereby it will explode when someone attempts (ATTEMPTS, not necessarily SUCCEEDS) to steal it, thus completely preventing any possible theft attempt.

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01:34 Jul-11-2017

So clearly, based on a comparative situation, the actual goal (prevent hacking & data theft) will be almost 100% successful. But consider the long-term; A hacker attempting to get at data can be traced, albeit with varying degrees of difficulty, and afterward actions can be taken. Trace takes time, time which our handy exploding PC just reduced to exactly none, and so our hacker is entirely free to try again.

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01:36 Jul-11-2017

If our hacker is good, what do you suppose are the chances that at some point they're going to figure out your security system includes a very expensive exploding PC, as opposed to simple firewalls and such? If I were such a hacker, and had figured out exactly that, I would be more than a little annoyed. What, then, is to stop me from just repeatedly attempting to hack your junk and having your PC's blowing up like damn office fireworks?

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01:44 Jul-11-2017

Frankly put, despite my love of untimely explosions (that don't involve myself), the whole thing is unnecessary and rather pointless. You can have a fully closed network with only specific terminals able to access the web, or use a fully isolated PC for data storage, or use external hard-wired storage, etc.. Instead of the PC exploding, apply the idea to a routing-box that explodes instead and simply severs all external connections to the data source....seriously..

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22:38 Jul-10-2017

This litelary blowned me up.

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20:22 Jul-10-2017

No thanks.

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17:04 Jul-10-2017

if by hack it is meant by remote access, I would rather have networking for the box to self disable which isn't here but should be something built into a lot of OS's

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15:45 Jul-10-2017

So...is this a late April's Fool joke?

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14:17 Jul-10-2017

Good, next we need one that will self-erase our porn search history when our heartbeat reach 0.

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13:08 Jul-10-2017

how about a false positive?

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13:05 Jul-10-2017

Soooo, if you potentially install Windows 10 on it it will brick itself and explode immediately ?


Jokes aside, it seems like a usable and decent product for what it is, although with those prices, not a consumer one.

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12:19 Jul-10-2017

Invented by ISIS ?? Just curious.

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15:46 Jul-10-2017

Nope, just based on old Samsung tech.

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19:45 Jul-10-2017

too soon xp

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12:17 Jul-10-2017

Hey!What's wrong with 80's hair metal?!

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12:18 Jul-10-2017

Seriousl though,this thing will probably sell really well,it's hard to protect yourself and your company against cyber-espionage these days.

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