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Old 05-08-2007, 01:03 PM   #1
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USB Flash Drive Worm: I Suppose it Was Only a Matter of Time

SillyFD-AA Worm Moves By Flash Drive

The more things change the more they stay the same. In a bout of rampant nostalgia, some worm writer (apparently going by the handle of "1BYTE") has gone old school, mimicking the methods used to spread viruses via floppy disks, only now it's USB flash drives.

The approach is simple enough, the worm consists of a simple autorun.inf file, on the drive. When the drive is connected, the file -- you guessed it -- autoruns, installing the worm on the computer. It seems this one doesn't actually do much, aside from propagating itself to other USB drives, the only reported effect is to add a message to the Internet Explorer title bar that reads "Hacked by 1BYTE." Reportedly, most anti-virus software will keep it from doing even that much. However, there's not really anything that stops the approach from being exploited by those who mean actual harm, rather than just a bit of annoyance.

Since a USB drive has no write-protect notch to cover with tape, the recommendation is to turn off Windows' autorun feature -- for those who have not long since done so.

For a few more details, along with a discussion of how bad people's "USB hygiene habits" are, see the full article.
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:25 AM   #2
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Since a USB drive has no write-protect notch to cover with tape, the recommendation is to turn off Windows' autorun feature -- for those who have not long since done so.
I've seen some USB flash drives which have a write-protect knob. They aren't too common, but you can ask around for them. Not that I disagree with the recommendation of turning autorun off
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:15 AM   #3
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Since a USB drive has no write-protect notch to cover with tape, the recommendation is to turn off Windows' autorun feature -- for those who have not long since done so.
Exactly. I find autorun one of the most annoying "features" since Windows 95. Now we have one more reason to turn it off...
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