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    Killer USB stick destroys your computer in seconds


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    Ugly, but it clarifies the danger of plugging an unknown flash drive into your computer. Recently, there was a TV show demonstrating how simple it was to tour some company and leave a USB drive in the lunch room, bathroom, etc. In an overwhelming number of times, an employee would pick it and innocently plug into their computer. Instant hack.

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    Who in their right minds has auto-run turned on?

    cheers, Paul

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    The Iranians! oh maybe not
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Who in their right minds has auto-run turned on?

    cheers, Paul
    Some of them don't need to run. They just dump a high voltage spike into the socket and fry the motherboard. All they have is a battery and some circuitry to generate the spike. 10 - 20 kV will do the trick.

    The pre-PC version was to get a large high-voltage capacitor and wrap the wires around the body of the cap without touching. Then you charge it up and throw it to a "friend" to catch. The good old days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Who in their right minds has auto-run turned on?
    Roughly 90% of people who own a Windows PC. Besides, as mentioned, there is nothing to run since it's not a real memory stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith-plm
    Roughly 90% of people who own a Windows PC.
    Didn't Microsoft switch Autorun off in Feb 2011?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    I was being flip and not really accurate. However, I believe that there is a type of USB stick that will be seen as being a CD/DVD so that it will autorun. Perhaps MS completely eliminated all autorun in Win7 - if so, then so much the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith-plm View Post
    I was being flip and not really accurate. However, I believe that there is a type of USB stick that will be seen as being a CD/DVD so that it will autorun. Perhaps MS completely eliminated all autorun in Win7 - if so, then so much the better.
    When I plug in a USB drive, the file manager opens to show the contents. Not really auto run, but it does something.

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    "When I plug in a USB drive, the file manager opens to show the contents. Not really auto run, but it does something."

    Your default option is set to Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer.

    That can be set to Take no action.

    When I plug in a USB device, my AV software (Panda) asks me if I want to scan it.
    Last edited by jwoods; 2015-10-30 at 03:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertpri View Post
    Ugly, but it clarifies the danger of plugging an unknown flash drive into your computer. Recently, there was a TV show demonstrating how simple it was to tour some company and leave a USB drive in the lunch room, bathroom, etc. In an overwhelming number of times, an employee would pick it and innocently plug into their computer. Instant hack.
    CSI:Cyber I think. Saw it myself. Makes you think.

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