1989 Janet Jackson Song Declared Security Risk — Crashes Hard Drives

  • A 1989 song by Janet Jackson can crash certain models of laptops when it was played within proximity of the device.
  • The laptops from multiple manufacturers all share a common feature; the same 5,400 RPM hard disk drive was found in the machines.
  • The song contains one of the natural resonant frequencies for that particular hard drive model.
  • The frequency caused the HD platters to contact the drive head, resulting in a crash.
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