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    This is simply brilliant

    Oh the humanity..
    A SECURITY outfit found the easiest way to crack into a company's systems was to leave a few Trojan laced USB drives scattered around the front door.

    More at source:
    http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=32311
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    Very funny...

    Very sad...
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    haha indeed brilliant
    except, the employees did know there was an attacked planned.
    So if i was an employee of that company and i would find an usb stick
    and so did 14 others, i would get suspicious
    But that's me i guess ...
    ... paranoid

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    Lol back in my electronic prankster days I used to do this with Floppy disks. Not anything new but certainly fun to watch when the employees already knew.

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    Hmmmm,

    The company obviously has an inadequate security policy, or certainly one that is not enforced properly.

    I know quite a few places where taking an external device on site and attaching it to the organisation's kit would get you fired.

    Let's face it, if you have a lousy policy and lousy enforcement you are vulnerable, period.

    Not so much a case of "if" but "when"?


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    I had a good think about this one.

    We've not considered USB drives to be a significant risk over and above anything else. Especially for information theft data can be emailed out, printed out, written to CD etc etc.

    For malware we didn't consider USB drives to be a greater risk than staff bringing in CDs or floppies.

    As for sticking them into the PC, I've got to admit that until that story I would have stuck the drive in to find out the owner. CD autoboot is blocked by default and I would have assumed that USB autoboot was also blocked. But it isn't.

    I've got some of our guys looking into blocking of the autoboot function hopefully something that can be done without purchasing software.

    We might need to modify policy to more explicitly oppose plugging in untrusted devices.

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    The specially written trojan that collected passwords, logins and machine-specific information from the userís computer, and then emailed the company with the findings. Stasiukonis said that the attack was so simple and beat the hell out of hanging out with the smokers, sweet-talking receptionists, or commandeer a meeting room and jack into the network.
    Haha, that's great...maybe Kevin Mitnick could learn a bit about this level of social engineering?

    On a serious note, something like that isn't surprising at all (how sad is that?). In this day and age of ease-of-use, people sacrifice security for convenience. If people had to pass a computer IQ test before owning a laptop or PC, not only would we have smarter users but we'd also have no job, haha... It's like pro-creating...just because two people can doesn't mean it's the best idea.

    At work we've removed the floppy and usb devices by disabling them in the bios which is also password-protected. Prevents a lot of nasties coming into the workplace but also keeps data at the workplace to a better degree. Now if we could only block hotmail, yahoo mail, and any other free webmail service, it'd be a lot more locked down but that's almost prohibitive.
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    Originally posted here by Aspman
    I've got some of our guys looking into blocking of the autoboot function hopefully something that can be done without purchasing software.
    I think that there's a registry tweak to block it.

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    haha indeed brilliant
    except, the employees did know there was an attacked planned.
    So if i was an employee of that company and i would find an usb stick
    and so did 14 others, i would get suspicious
    But that's me i guess ...
    ... paranoid
    I don't know if this is the case, but perhaps when the employees were warned about an attack, they were envisioning some cracker at a keyboard trying to break in. In any event, it seems this company needs to do some serious threat awareness training (besides, of course, disabling access for this kind of device).
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    I think that there's a registry tweak to block it.

    TheHorse13 posted the registry edit here

    http://www.antionline.com/showthread...&highlight=usb

    I believe vista has a way to disable it built in....

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