Stop sharing USB Flash drives – right now

usbIt’s time to start thinking of smartphones and USB Flash drives like toothbrushes or razors — for personal use only.

German security researchers have discovered that USB-connected devices have a fatal flaw. Anything that connects via USB can be reprogrammed to pose as another device.

That means a stranger’s USB stick could dupe your computer into thinking it’s a keyboard, then type in certain commands and quietly take control of your laptop.

Or it could pose as a network card, rerouting your Internet traffic so everything you do can be spied on.

Identity theft, bank fraud, extortion — you name it. Anything follows. And any talented computer engineer can tamper with a device’s firmware to dupe a computer.  More