Today over breakfast we heard the news that the TV programme “La Resistencia” had hidden some Pendrives in Madrid, Barcelona and Vigo that contain 10 tickets to attend the programme. It is not that we do not want people to attend David Broncano’s famous programme, nothing would be further from our intention, but… by distributing the tickets on pendrives that they leave loose in different cities… they have really made it very easy for us to talk about what can happen if you plug an unknown USB device into your computer.
Through a simple data storage device, they can attack you on three levels:
You connect the USB device and, without realising it, neither at the time, nor later, even in years, a Payload has been downloaded into the firmware of your computer… Fantastic!
You have heard many times about Malware, viruses… that spread through malicious emails… Surprise! They also spread through USB devices.
It just makes your computer totally useless … a very expensive paperweight.
Be very careful if connecting a USB device when you do not know what it contains… you may regret it and it will be too late.