Vaping, USB’s and your electronic security
“These problems can’t be patched,” says Nohl, who will join Lell in presenting the research at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. “We’re exploiting the very way that USB is designed.”‘In this new way of thinking, you have to consider a USB infected and throw it away as soon as it touches a non-trusted computer.’
While the health effects of vaping are currently a mystery, it seems the hobby might now have another negative side-effect. Reddit user Jrockilla posted a story to the often hilarious Tales From Tech Support subreddit about a security breach at an undisclosed large corporation. Reportedly, an execute had malware on his computer, the source of which could not be ascertained.
Rechargeable e-cigarettes usually come with a little USB charger — unscrew the battery (the shaft of the e-cig) from the e-liquid cartridge (the filter area of a traditional cigarette), screw it into the port on the charger, and plug the USB dongle into a power supply or USB port on a computer.
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Some personal thoughts on the whole USB thing?
Yes, this is going to make it extremely difficult for some businesses and be a royal pain for every day users. Disable all USB ports for removable storage. I can tell you now that you’re probably going to get a raft of crap from your kids. In the long run though, USB storage is starting to calm down a little bit and the cloud is becoming more popular.
There are many ways to do this either through a third party software, via a security policy through GPO or even taking care of it on the local system. If you’ve only got a few boxes to do, I’d say do it locally, but if you’ve got more than 5 or so machines, go ahead and create a package and send it out to your devices remotely.
- How to Disable / Restrict Use of USB Storage Devices in Windows?
A few other ways are:
- Treat your USB port like you would your daughter, don’t let anyone put their dongle in it.
- Don’t trust foreign USB devices
- If you let someone use your USB device, assume it’s not infected and get rid of it.
- Don’t ‘lend’ your USB devices out.
- Make sure you’re protecting your computer with some sort of anti virus software and/or security suite.
- USE COMMON SENSE
That’s pretty much about it.
Now back to your regularly scheduled day.