USB Devices Aiding Malware Attacks

Wednesday Nov 10th 2010 by Larry Barrett
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Security experts say that USB devices play a role in as many as 1 in 8 malware attacks.

The devices are small but USB drives can cause some very big headaches for IT security. Larry Barrett reports.


USB devices are handy, powerful and convenient. They're also a major headache for IT security administrators because they're almost impossible to police and they can spread malware like wildfire.

Security software developer AVAST Software did some monitoring and research and came to the conclusion that roughly one in eight of the 700,000-plus malware incidents it identified this year were the direct result of tainted USB devices.

Researchers said the prime vulnerability is found in the "AutoRun" feature in the Microsoft Windows operating system. AutoRun alerts computer users when a new device, such as a memory stick is connected and is designed to help them choose which application should run with the new files.

Read the rest at eSecurity Planet.

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