UK Researchers Invent Device to Thwart USB Malware

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UK Researchers Invent Device to Thwart USB Malware

A team of researchers at a UK university have designed a new device, which they claim will mitigate the risk of malicious USB drives.

The “external scanning device” was designed at Liverpool Hope University and will soon go into production, having been granted a patent by the Indian government.

It has been engineered to overcome a major issue with operating systems — that if not configured correctly, they will trust all USBs regardless of what might be installed on them.

This could allow for the automatic transfer of malware from the thumb drive to the host PC.

However, the new device sits between the PC or laptop and USB stick, scanning the removable media for malware whilst disguising information about the computer so that it’s “nearly impossible” for any malicious code to infect the machine.

“Our invention safeguards the host computing device by

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