A Rule Of Thumb Drives, Ctd

Jul 29 2013 @ 4:45pm

A reader writes:

Regarding your post on viruses from thumb drives, I believe the Iranians would agree with you. We infected their nuclear program computers with the STXNET virus using the thumb drive trick [NYT]:

The United States and Israel would have to rely on engineers, maintenance workers and others — both spies and unwitting accomplices — with physical access to the plant. “That was our holy grail,” one of the architects of the plan said. “It turns out there is always an idiot around who doesn’t think much about the thumb drive in their hand.” In fact, thumb drives turned out to be critical in spreading the first variants of the computer worm; later, more sophisticated methods were developed to deliver the malicious code.

One a much different note:

Your recent thumb drive post reminded me of a hilarious incident I witnessed during grad school. I was taking a class which required students to present their work during finals week. One very serious student plugged his thumb drive into the classroom’s computer while the projector was turned on. His thumb drive’s contents were suddenly displayed for the entire class to see, and right smack in the middle was a video file named “Sorority Girls 3″ or something similar.

The classroom was dead silent. I’ve never been happier.