• This Little USB Necklace Hacks Your Computer In No Time Flat | TechCrunch


    http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/18/this-little-usb-necklace-hacks-your-computer-in-no-time-flat/?ncid=rss&cps=gravity_1462_-8009201076139547858The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device thatll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! In this case, however, that mystery device is real.

    It’s a classic scene from basically every spy movie in history. In this case, however, that mystery device is real.  Called USBdriveby, it’s a USB-powered microcontroller-on-a-chain, rigged to exploit the inherently awful security flaws lurking in your computer’s USB ports. In about 60 seconds, it can pull off a laundry list of nasty tricks: hijacks your machine, disables many layers of security, cleans up the mess it makes, and opens a connection for remote manipulation even after the device has been removed. That’s… kind of terrifying.

    So what can you do to protect yourself from things like this?  Read more…