Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Virginia state government warns on infected USB storage devices

The Commonwealth of Virginia issued a security advisor to state government agencies and subscriber home users today (Dec. 23, 2008) about the possibility that some USN (Universal Serial Bus) storage devices contained malware (as firmware). The advisory suggests that Windows users disable to autorun feature first and then scan the virtual drive with a virus scan before completing installation. Arlington County distributed this advisory to home subscribers today.

The web link is here.

One would wonder about other devices connected through USB's, like camcorders. But I haven't seen any reports of such.

Picture: Topographical map of VA, drawing by me in 4th Grade, around 1952.

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