Sophos: Most USB Sticks Lost On The Subway Are Swimming In Malware And Completely Unprotected

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Donhildenbrand

You ever think people are "losing" these on purpose to infect other people's PC'S?

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Ghok

That sounds like an incredible amount. Surely PCs in general can't be that infected.

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__Meerkat Attack__

The article never states (by evidence of the key’s contents) whether these were once used for work or personal use, or if by evidence they were once owned by “Mom & Pop” or a savvy power user. I think that makes a huge bit of difference. I’ve seen articles stating that one reason why Microsoft is working so hard to push it’s built in antivirus (and so forth) software is due to the fact that almost 2/3rd’s of “Mom & Pop” PCs don’t have ANY! Then Mom emails you saying ‘happy birthday, Timmy’ and BAM! And here I thought Mom loved me!  :)

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std error

They should next see how many Dropbox or cloud storage accounts are riddled with malware. I wonder if it will be the same.

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Eoraptor

So, seems like the sexually-transmited disease comparison works well here. Don't go sticking any skanky stick you meet on the subway into your slot, you'll get a disease.

though yes, the guerilla hacking idea of planted sticks certainly is both scary and realistic.

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SilverSurferNHS

i live cleaned and then sandbox av/ar + formatted my last usb drive that was infected by a client pc

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Neufeldt2002

My only question is How many were "planted"?

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B_H

That was my first thought. Good way to initially get a few good zombies under your control.

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don2041

My first thought too

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iheartpcs

Me too. Does that mean we are bad people? ;)

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__Meerkat Attack__

No, but Black Hats do always make the best White Hats.  :)

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