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Flash Drives and Malware

By Circuit
Oct 3, 2008
  1. We here at the shop have an ongoing debate about usb flash drives being able to harbor malware (smitfraud, vundu, virtumond, etc...) can a simple flash drive harbor such malware, and what about the U3 smart dives, can they?
    By harbor I mean hold an active malware the will transmit to another computer upon insertion into the usb port , not just hold an infected file.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    They can all hold Virus/Malware
    But they can not do anything, like hurt files on the USB drive or anything
    They need Windows for that (or some other OS)

    The real issue is when the drive is mounted and they autorun
    But if autorun is off, again they cannot hurt anything

    Until you access it ! (through Windows)
     
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