Spreading Malware Through Dropped USB Sticks Could Be Highly Effective, Research Finds


It has happened to all of us one time or another.  Someone walks into your office or classroom or even your living room and hands you a USB drive, or maybe even a memory card.  Someone dropped this, they say, and ask if you can pop it in your machine to see if you can figure out what is on it and who it belongs to.  I have done it myself without even thinking about it.  As you will read in this short article, you really should NOT plug in a USB stick or memory card if you don’t know who it belongs to, or if you just pick it up laying around somewhere.  I would even go so far as to suggest not plugging your USB stick or memory card in a strange computer, as you don’t know if it has the capacity to pass along  malware to YOUR USB drive.

So check it out, and if you have stories of getting malware of a virus from a USB stick or memory card, feel free to share it in the comments section.  And if you are out shopping today, and sport a USB stick laying around, just leave it alone.  And if you DO feel the urge to pick it up to try to find the owner, take it to SOMEONE ELSE and let THEM check it!!!

Source: Spreading Malware Through Dropped USB Sticks Could Be Highly Effective, Research Finds

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