A New Hacking Trend? USB Drives


If you receive a mysterious USB drive in your mailbox- don’t open it!

In Australia, residents have been receiving unmarked USB drives in their mailboxes. Upon plugging in these drives, users see what appears to be a promotional offer from Netflix or another streaming service.

Those who proceeded with the installation found that it didn’t contain free entertainment, but rather infectious ransomware.

In more recent years, ransomware has become an ever-increasing threat. Viruses are used to steal data and use IT machines for nefarious purposes. Ransomware can give criminals an immediate payday when someone is successfully infected. Ransomware works by encrypting files stored on the machine and unlocking payment methods stored within the machine.

Moral of the story: If you receive an unmarked USB in your mailbox… Throw it away!

Citations

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/236157-australian-police-warn-of-ransomware-usb-drives-showing-up-in-mailboxes


If you receive a mysterious USB drive in your mailbox- don’t open it!

In Australia, residents have been receiving unmarked USB drives in their mailboxes. Upon plugging in these drives, users see what appears to be a promotional offer from Netflix or another streaming service.

Those who proceeded with the installation found that it didn’t contain free entertainment, but rather infectious ransomware.

In more recent years, ransomware has become an ever-increasing threat. Viruses are used to steal data and use IT machines for nefarious purposes. Ransomware can give criminals an immediate payday when someone is successfully infected. Ransomware works by encrypting files stored on the machine and unlocking payment methods stored within the machine.

Moral of the story: If you receive an unmarked USB in your mailbox… Throw it away!

Citations

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/236157-australian-police-warn-of-ransomware-usb-drives-showing-up-in-mailboxes
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