1-in-4 worms spread through infected USB devices

Flash drive attack vector remains popular, says security company

By , Computerworld |  Security, USB drive

After Conficker's appearance, Microsoft patched Windows to fix a bug that prevented users from disabling "AutoRun," the mechanism that hackers used to automatically infect PCs when USB drives were plugged in. The company also changed AutoRun's behavior in Windows 7 to stymie such attacks.

Today, Corrons touted "USB Vaccine," a utility he said completely disables AutoRun. The tool can be downloaded from Panda's Web site; although USB Vaccine is free, users must provide their name, phone number and e-mail address before downloading.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is gkeizer@ix.netcom.com .

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