Avast: One in eight malware infections via USB

By Mike ยท 5 replies
Nov 4, 2010
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  1. With the expanding amounts of storage available on cell phones, mp3 players, digital cameras, and gaming devices it's no surprise that malware is increasingly being transmitted over USB. Avast Software is reporting that out of 700,000 attacks reported by its Community IQ system in October, one in eight were exchanged over USB connections. "Cyber-criminals are taking advantage of people's natural inclination to share with their friends and the growing memory capacity of USB devices," says Avast virus analyst Jan Sirmer.

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  2. thebluemeaner

    thebluemeaner TS Rookie Posts: 64

    It doesn't amaze me at all, usb flash drives are promiscous devices that get stuck in any computer and get infected with viruses all the time..
  3. You can use the Panda USB Vaccine:
    It will assist you disabling the AutoRun and vaccinating the USB devices so malware no longer can create an Autorun entry on your device and so it can't launch itself automatically. When vaccinating, the Panda USB Vaccine creates its own protected Autorun file.
  4. coolhandz84

    coolhandz84 TS Rookie

    I always keep auto-run off and scan any new usb storage devices before i use them. Nice story though, hope others will learn.
  5. Oh, life is so easy for us in the linux world.
  6. Appzalien

    Appzalien TS Rookie Posts: 94

    I don't think your going to buy a flash drive new from the store and get infected. Its more likely to happen if your using the drive to transfer files from one place to the other or if guests have access to your PC. The high incidence of infection is more likely due to people taking flash drives to work and then home or using them in an Internet Cafe' and then plugging them into their home or work PC. Technicians who use them to work on infected PC's are also at risk going between virus laden machines with the same drive.

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