USB Devices More Dangerous Than You Think...

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  1. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    USB devices such as keyboards, thumb-drives and mice can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

    Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin's SR Labs, noted that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control functions of USB devices but which have no built-in shields against tampering with their code.

    "You cannot tell where the virus came from. It is almost like a magic trick," said Nohl, whose research firm is known for uncovering major flaws in mobile phone technology.
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    Resistor Get it Going..

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    What a dangerous world we are living in now?
     
  3. Neshi

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    but in order for that to happen, they will need to have access to the usb devices in order to place those chips.. right?
     
  4. Dyre Straits

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    How would we know that they haven't already done so?
     
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    we don't. They could apply them in the factories as far as we know...
     

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