A USB stick found outside a Manchester Police station was recently handed over to the news media.  eWeek has a summary of the story and the Daily Star has a picture of the device, which contained information on counter-terrorism tactics and a list of police personnel.  The device was not encrypted and the person who found the stick was able to plug it in and view its contents.

The incident highlights two major security concerns.  The first is that users often fail to protect sensitive information if there is not an enforcement mechanism like self-encrypting hardware.  The second is that people who find flash drives on the ground instinctively plug them in without considering the risk of malware.  Studies have found this to be an easy attack vector for gaining access to corporate networks.

Written by Kanguru — October 31, 2012

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