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Is it safe to insert a USB drive of unknown origin? [duplicate]

I found a USB drive and I would like to check out the contents to see if there is any information that could allow me to identify and return to the owner. However, I'm unsure of what is on the drive. ...
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Is it dangerous to share a USB flashdrive? [duplicate]

Recently I've watched a movie "Blackhat" where just by inserting a USB flashdrive he could infect a host PC with some malicious program. Is it true that it's not safe to share USB flashdrives just ...
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Is there any way to safely examine the contents of a USB memory stick?

Suppose I found a USB memory stick lying around, and wanted to examine its contents in an attempt to locate its rightful owner. Considering that USB sticks might actually be something altogether more ...
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How can empty USB sticks contain malware?

I read a BBC article about empty USB sticks containing malware: Berlin-based researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell said a device that appeared to be completely empty could still contain a virus....
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Can USB drive infect my PC with malware if I don't allow any autorun.inf to run?

Assuming that I'm using a trusted USB flash drive (meaning that it's not some device that looks like a USB drive and whose purpose is to damage my PC), is it possible for my PC to get infected from ...
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How can I reprogram a usb as a keyboard

One of my recent posts has lead me to find that you can reprogram a usb drive to appear as a keyboard to a computer. I would like to know how to do this I am currently on a power google trying to find ...
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Attacks via physical access to USB (DMA…?)

I wonder if USB can be exploited by someone with physical access to a reasonably secured computer. For example a kiosk, or a laptop attached to a desk. Obviously, the boot sequence should be secure (...
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I found a virus on my USB stick. Now what?

I discovered a file, named autorun.ini on my USB flash drive: [AutoRun] ;FjYfoT ;jpId UagEbddsb PCjo oPEn = efhcnu.exe sheLl\open\DEfault=1 ;utvDpsMqpT dDustbemW XyAy WeywFbvaVA eQnK ...
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Is it safe to connect a random USB battery from a bin to my phone without stopping data transfer in some way?

I've asked the question Power-only USB connection to charge my phone - as simple as cutting the data lines? in electronics SE. In order to bypass the "Why do you want to do this?" request for ...
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How can kids transfer data to a school computer safely?

I have a primary-school-aged daughter who needs to bring a presentation to school. Classmates are bringing their presentations on a thumb drive, but I have some security concerns. (One, two, etc ...
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How to see what happens when a usb is inserted

After reading through this question about the dangers of untrusted usb drives, I was wondering if there was a way to actually see what happens when a usb drive is installed. Is it possible to say run ...
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How to securely initialize a private key from several parts

This explains a lot about how certificate authorities store their private keys. I read somewhere else that the key is broken down into as much as 20-something parts, and stitched together from those ...