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The Dangers Of USB Drives

From my contribution to the Today Tonight story

USB Drives

USB flash drives are an extremely popular way for people to store data on but they can come with hidden dangers as was recently discovered by Channel 7 in Adelaide that bought one from an office supply store.

This USB flash drive came with 3 pieces of malware on it that originated from a foreign country.

This malware was a worm that would spread across any computer / network that it was connected to and change your Search Engine and redirect you to other malicious sites which will install more programs on your computer. This malware will always also cause numerous pop ups and error messages.

From this your computer can become a “botnet” used to transmit malware across the internet as well as transmitting what you do back to the makers of the malware.

So what can you do ?

When you buy a USB drive , format the drive , that means wiping the drive of any data.

Make sure you have a good antivirus , Windows Defender on Windows 10 was the only antivirus that immediately identified the malware and removed it.

Only some others did it as an afterthought but you had to act to remove it.

 

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

2 comments on “The Dangers Of USB Drives

  1. Which office supply store – a heads up would be nice

  2. Adelaide Techguy

    Unfortunately legal at the station prevented this , not hard to work it out though

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