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Alert! USB Flash Drive Malware: Threats Decoded!


The cybercriminals have gotten all the savvier when it comes to finding out new ways of administering malware into the victims’ devices.

The next in the list happens to be “Malicious USB sticks”. These are employed whenever an attacker needs a “physical” entrance to a computer or any device for that matter.

The first related incident goes back a decade when the highly malicious, “Stuxnet” worm was disseminated to attack Iranian networks by means of USB sticks.

An “unattended” USB flash drive might as well cause an equally malicious problem if plugged into a host network or system. These drives could be carrying viruses or even ransomware.

The ultimate motive of these drives could range from easy-going hacking into systems to disrupting major businesses and their operations.

These USB sticks are extremely malicious and could lead to major setbacks and cyber harm for victim organizations and their clients and other individuals at large.

Reportedly, there are several other malware that are carried and transmitted through USB flash drives and per sources they encompass of:

1. The “Flame” modular computer malware
2. The “Duqu” collection of computer malware


There are numerous things, threats, and risks that a malicious USB flash drive poses to its users. Backdoors, Trojans, ransomware attacks and information stealing are common endeavors.


As per sources, browser hijackers could also be installed to mislead the users to the hackers’ website where adware, grey ware, malware or spyware could be injected in the device.

The users could follow the following safety and protection mechanisms to steer clear of the contingencies of the aforementioned attacks:

1. Updating the computer and other device software on a regular basis is a must. All the essential patches must be downloaded to clear the vulnerabilities.
2. Enable all the security features on the devices. Fingerprint authentication is a good option in such cases.
3. Keep all your USB flash drives absolutely secure and safe and prepared against hackers.
4. Never plug in unauthorized or unknown USB flash drives in your business devices especially those at your workplace.
5. Keep separate drives for work and home devices.

Indian Pleads Guilty To Destroying University Computers via USB Killer Drive



An Indian national in the US 'pleaded guilty' for this week to pulverizing 59 computers at the College of St. Rose, in New York, through a weaponized USB thumb drive named "USB Killer" that he bought on the web.

The gadget empowered the 27-year old Vishwanath Akuthota to effectively damage gear and equipment worth $51,109, roughly accounting for Rs. 35, 46,700 alongside $7,362 approximately Rs. 5, 10,900 in employee time for exploring and supplanting pulverized hardware.

The incident occurred on February 14, as indicated by court documents acquired by ZDNet, and the suspect recorded himself while pulverizing some of the computers. In the recording, the he was seen saying, "I'm going to kill this guy,", and once he was finished with the procedure, he was seen saying things like, "it's dead" and "it's gone. Boom."


The explanation behind the crime anyway isn't known as of yet.

Surprisingly the weaponized thumb drive known as USB Killer is effectively accessible on the web and he had bought it from a rather well-known online store that sells these kinds of gadgets.

USB Killer devices work by quickly charging thumb drive capacitors from the USB control supply, and after that releasing the electrical current again into the USB slot - all in mere seconds- - successfully frying the computer to which the USB Killer device is connected to.

Akuthota was arrested on February 22 and will be condemned not long from now, on August 12. He faces up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years.