New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives [Archive] - Glock Talk

PDA

View Full Version : New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives


Blitzer
05-09-2007, 10:04
Removeable drive worm on the loose! (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2126644,00.asp)


New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives


05.07.07

By Brian Prince

Researchers from security vendor Sophos say a new worm targeting removable drives is an example of a potential security threat for businesses.

The SillyFD-AA worm searches for removable drives such as floppy disks and USB memory sticks and creates a hidden file called autorun.inf so that a copy of the worm runs the next time the device is connected to a computer running Windows. In addition, it changes the title of Internet Explorer windows to say that the computer has been "Hacked by 1BYTE."

In an interview with eWEEK, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said the worm has not been widely distributed, and that researchers were warning the public because of the potential danger. It would be easy, he continued, to add to the worm the ability to transmit through other routes, such as e-mail and instant messaging.

"It is interesting to see hackers using different techniques in their attempt to break into peoples' computers," said Cluley, in Abingdon, United Kingdom. "This type of attack is perhaps understandable as so many businesses these days do have e-mail gateway protection in place…they can scan files coming into their company via e-mail attachments, but can't check the files coming in attached to the keychain in peoples' pockets."

Sophos researchers said hackers are increasingly looking for ways to attack businesses that will meet less resistance than more traditional e-mail-borne viruses and malware. The company's security experts advise users to disable the autorun facility of Windows so removable devices do not automatically launch when they are attached to a computer. Any storage device that is attached to a computer should be checked for virus and other malware before use, Sophos officials said.

Read the rest of this eWEEK story: "New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives" (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2126190,00.asp)

:shocked: :sad: :sad: :rant: :steamed: