Thursday, March 15, 2007

Smart USBs Gone Bad

You know those handy, smart USB drives that let you carry the contents of your computer around your neck when you're on the move, applications and all? These portable drives can also be used by an attacker to steal your user privileges and data.

That's what Bob Clary, a consultant with Secure Network Technologies, recently discovered within just a few minutes of purchasing a smart USB. "The minute I saw the U3 USB drive, I thought 'I can do anything with this.' Five minutes after I had bought it, I had it hacked," says Clary, whose company performs social engineering and penetration testing for its clients.

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