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Worms Found in HP USB Key

Updated on July 5, 2008

Hewlett-Packard Australia has notified people that optional USB keys shipped with one of its HP Proliant file servers are infected with a worm, adding attention to the rising use of USB drives as a means to spread viral infections.

The low risk worms, Fakerecy and SillyFDC, were detected in a batch of 256MB and 1GB USB keys that was sent with the Hewlett Packard servers. It is undetermined how many infected keys, used for installing optional floppy-disc drives to networked servers, were spread. An infected computer in the manufacturing plant is probably reason of the incident.

The virus spread is not considered an enormous threat, due in part to the low number of estimated users still utilizing floppy disk drives for data storage and that most hackers don’t find the computer virus worthwhile.

This is not the first incident of infection to come out of the factory; others have involved digital photo frames and similar products. Anti-virus computer software, if up to date, should detect both of the computer viruses involved in the HP Proliant USB attack as long the AntiVirus protection was installed after the floppy disk was added to the system. Disabling autorun thwarts both Fakerecy and SillyFDC and may be the safer choice.

Hewlett-Packard's advisory, via local security clearing house AUSCert, can be found here: http://www.auscert.org.au/render.html?it=9077. The SANS Institutes’s Internet Storm Centre has advice on averting USB malware-related peril here: http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=4247.

Consumer hardware devices departing the factory with computer viruses is getting more common these days, raising the motivation for strong AntiVirus protection.

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      pcsetupguide 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Very Interesting Hub. I remember back in the day, floppy diskettes were a way to spread viruses. It's no suprise flash drives would become a means of spreading them.

      -James

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