03 Sep How it really happened : NINJIO Season 4, Episode 9, USB Nation
In NINJIO’s Season 4, Episode 9, we see how human curiosity opens the door to hackers and scammers. A USB drive, cleverly labelled as something that anybody would want to know, can act as the perfect bait for a large-scale infrastructure attack. Being aware of the issues that a found USB drive represents and taking appropriate action if one is found are crucial for cyber-security.
These hacks place people everywhere at risk; CNET discusses how this can happen, noting that in many cases, security awareness and discussions can help prevent these from happening altogether.
Security Boulevard looks at the risk that USB drop attacks can have on company information.
USB drop attacks rely on curiosity; TechRepublic discusses how, even if you don’t act on anything once you’ve plugged in an unknown drive, you’re still at risk.
Carnegie Mellon University provides a detailed write-up on different forms of Social Engineering attacks, paying close attention to USB drops and prevention.
USB drops is a form of Social Engineering where hackers “bait” users with a physical media device. TripWire details additional methods that hackers might use to accomplish a similar goal.