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This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil”
ars technica ^ | July 31 2014, 6:21am -0700 | Dan Goodin

Posted on 07/31/2014 10:16:53 AM PDT by Utilizer

This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil”

Per FR posting rules, ars technica can not be posted, so a link to the article referring to USB thumbdrives hacking computers is listed instead. Ignore the "source url", it just points back to the FR website. Article here:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/this-thumbdrive-hacks-computers-badusb-exploit-makes-devices-turn-evil/


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Reference
KEYWORDS: computer; exploit; flashdrive; hacking; security; tech; thumbdrive; usb
Now we know that USB devices can be used to hack your computer when configured in non-standard fashions. Those of us who do any traveling should take note.

Mods, let Me know if there is a better way to post this please.

1 posted on 07/31/2014 10:16:53 AM PDT by Utilizer
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To: Utilizer

I like Bad Santa better!


2 posted on 07/31/2014 10:18:13 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: Catmom

*snicker* Bad Girls (like Naughty Cats) can be quite fun as well, don’tcha know. *grin*


3 posted on 07/31/2014 10:20:14 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer

Here is one I want to give to the IRS with the following script:

FIND -search C:\ *.pst >> COPY http:\\freerepublic.com/post

(I know that is not a valid command, I am being cheeky)


4 posted on 07/31/2014 10:21:23 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: GraceG
Well, I would guess you are a lot nicer than I would be.

Me, I'd just insert a generic "format /dev/sda1", with the 'non-verbose' and 'assume yes for all; flag turned on...

5 posted on 07/31/2014 10:35:16 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

6 posted on 07/31/2014 10:38:18 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

The gist of the problem is that the basic design of USB allows direct memory access (both ways) between the usb device and the host computer. Scary, scary, scary.


7 posted on 07/31/2014 10:43:29 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Utilizer

nice posting exploit


8 posted on 07/31/2014 11:01:05 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

m4l


9 posted on 07/31/2014 11:02:28 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: bigbob
Well... technically, I did not post the article. Just pointed out that arstechnica had one and provided a link.

The importance of the discovery of a hacking exploit that can affect so many computer users warranted at least a mention, I believe.

10 posted on 07/31/2014 11:07:16 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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To: ShadowAce

Thanks, mate.


11 posted on 07/31/2014 11:07:34 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer

I’ve never heard of *arstechnica* before; is it unsafe to go there to read the article?


12 posted on 07/31/2014 12:36:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill ( Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: carriage_hill
No, it is not unsafe. It is a site for technical information and the IT crowd, and one of those who object to their articles being reposted on other sites.

They prefer that you go to their site instead to read the articles and collect the hits, so we oblige.

13 posted on 07/31/2014 12:40:34 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer
The importance of the discovery of a hacking exploit that can affect so many computer users warranted at least a mention, I believe.

Agreed. Had you not, I was just about to (til I searched and saw your post).

14 posted on 07/31/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: logi_cal869

Glad to help. :)


15 posted on 07/31/2014 12:55:49 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer

Okay, thanks; will do.


16 posted on 07/31/2014 1:32:56 PM PDT by carriage_hill ( Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: carriage_hill

ARS Technica is a tech nerd library. I’m not sure why we’re not allowed to post to it, but it’s 100% legit. I get a lot of data from them for work and pleasure.


17 posted on 07/31/2014 1:52:16 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

I’ve been over there for the past hour or so, and it’s loaded with information worth picking thru and reading.


18 posted on 07/31/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT by carriage_hill ( Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: Utilizer

Further info:

Most troubling of all, BadUSB-corrupted devices are much harder to disinfect. Reformatting an infected USB stick, for example, will do nothing to remove the malicious programming. Because the tampering resides in the firmware, the malware can be eliminated only by replacing the booby-trapped device software with the original firmware.


19 posted on 07/31/2014 9:29:12 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the muzzle-em's trying to kill them-)
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