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an industry standard used for connecting to and powering peripheral devices (keyboards, mice, cameras, printers, external hard drives, etc) from a computer or other USB capable device.

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Can a USB stick be made to automatically hack a system?

I am a cybersecurity professional who is interested in researching the field of injectables. Does a device exist, or can be made, that if plugged into a computer would instantly start attacking the ...
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Clean wipe of USB stick of any hidden codes

If I purchase a supposedly brand new USB stick (or micros SD, or similar portable storage devices) online, and I don't quite know the origin where they are produced, and I am a bit paranoid, is there ...
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How to create read-only pendrive (no availability of coping, deleting or overwriting) [duplicate]

I want to create pendrive or external HDD, that is read only. To be precise - I want to be open to read files on it (documents or video files), but to prevent files from being copied off disk. As I ...
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Can a computer peripheral (keyboard) be more sophisticated than meets the eye and steal data? [duplicate]

There are lots of mechanical keyboards out on the market now. When you buy one from a known name it's likely there's nothing nefarious going on. But no name peripherals have flooded the market. Cheap ...
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Is an antivirus needed for linux home usage when there is exchange of files with other OS e.g. Windows?

I was under the impression that an antivirus for Linux makes sense only for installing in business computers. Checking Norton/BitDefender/Karpesky I don't see any Linux option for the first or any non ...
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Protect the content of External Disk/USB Storage

Due to certain circumstances, we are forced to keep some copyrighted data in an external hard disk. due to privacy concerns, we want to allow this data to be accessed only from a trusted/office ...
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Creating bootable USB from a compromised OS. Is it safe?

If we buy for instance a laptop with an OS pre-installed e.g. Ubuntu and but the original seller was not reputable and there are doubts with the preinstall. My question is: if we use the laptop to ...
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How can we confirm with certanty a USB or Harddrive is not infected after reformatting?

Running the following code on a linux machine returns the partition tables and partial config of the hard-drive and USB devices. fdisk -l returns Disk /dev/nvme0n1: 238.47 GiB, 256060514304 bytes, ...
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Methods to bypass Windows security policy: All Removable Storage Classes - Deny All Access

My partner recently got given work laptop and if you try and put in a USB mass storage device you get an error saying it is not allowed. Without having administrator access I assume this is via the ...
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Strategies for dealing with threats from malicious USB thumb drives - apart from blocking it alltogether

There is plenty of discussion on how USB thumbdrives can be used for malicious purposes if one decides to go down that rabbit hole. One mitigation that is discussed in that context is to completely ...
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What kind of USB-based attacks can be prevented by a VM?

The answer provided to this question by forest has a good summary explaining the types of attacks that a malicious USB can do. Does USB redirection in a VM provide any protection against any of these ...
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How do I know when my USB was last accessed and if any multiple files were copied from it?? [duplicate]

I had forgotten my USB in the computer lab recently. I found it the next day. It contains my personal files. I wanted to know if it was accessed and if any multiple files were copied from it. Is there ...
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SD card with the read only switch, can the SD card reader still get viruses?

Due to security reasons, I need an USB that has the switch to set it physically read only, because in this way I can be 100 % sure that it can't get infected when I connect it to an infected device. I ...
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If I transfer files from a school computer to my own will the school have access to my computer?

I have some files I want from my school computer to my own computer and I want to know if I do will the school have access to my computer (Using a usb ofc) my school computer also has restrictions and ...
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Security by using USB NIC, USB to SATA adapter, etc

After reading libreboot FAQ i have some questions about USB 2.0 bus. There it is strongly recommended to use usb devices - USB network card and USB to SATA adapter (to connect HDD or SSD with it). The ...
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How exactly are hidraw 'Billboard' devices interrogated?

I have some USBHub ( Ethernet + HDMI + USB + VGA). When it doesn't have anything connected it exposes to Linux operating system device: 'hiddev0, hidraw1' in opposite to HID mouse: which is visible as ...
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Is it possible to detect from where data was copied to my USB? [duplicate]

Someone had copied someone's private data onto my USB. Is it possible to detect from where or which system copied data to my USB?
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Can the microsoft basic optical mouse be modified to contain spyware or a keylogger if the attacker had physical access to the mouse? [duplicate]

I was given a mouse by someone who now i realized would want to hack me. It is the Microsoft basic optical mouse v2.0. Can this mouse be modified to inject spyware and malware onto my laptop?
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Format a probably infected USB, is it safest Ubuntu live or Ubuntu installed?

I have an USB drive that probably is infected. I have a PC where currently I have not any partition, just an "empty" PC and I have a CD with Ubuntu 22.04. I would like to copy USB data, ...
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How can USB ports be dangerous? [duplicate]

I hear all this vague information about how USB ports are dangerous, because people can just stick in a stick with malware on it and Windows just happily runs it automatically, or something. It's so ...
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How can we restrict users from copying "non-allowed" file types from USB?

We blocked USB ports on most of the devices using Intune. However, a subset of users requires USB access due to their job scope which requires them to copy images from their cameras to their PCs. Is ...
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Proxy charge through powerbank at charging stations to avoid malware? [duplicate]

When I travel I see people using USB charging stations, however I don't trust them. Looking up on the subject, cyber security experts and government officials warn not to use them with a cable that ...
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Could the USB-Receiver of a wireless mouse/keyboard be a security risk?

I bought a wireless keyboard and mouse from a no-name brand (made in China) with a USB receiver. I'm currently wondering if the USB receiver could be compromised in a way, that my computer could get ...
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Windows Security deletes my USB virus as soon as I plug it in

I am studying ethical hacking and I work in the cybersecurity department of a company. I have been testing a hacking program but some PCs delete this executable as soon as I plug in the USB and some ...
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Do standard USB chargers contain any OS or firmware that might be infected with malware?

I'd like to know if it is possible to figure out if the USB charger of my smartphone (more info below) contains any operating system or firmware which could be infected by malware. Let's assume I ...
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Can malware spread through HDMI, Display Port or USB

I have to give a presentation at my university. In the room where I'm going to give the presentation, there is a projector with a HDMI, Display Port, or USB connection. I will have to plug one of them ...
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How does a device’s manufacturer’s webpage know that I just plugged in one of their products

I plugged in a wireless mouse receiver while browsing its manufacturer’s website. Browser settings that allowed sites access to USB devices were turned off. The manufacturer’s website, upon the ...
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Is there software on Windows that will protect myself from devices like the "USB Rubber Ducky"? [duplicate]

I'm pretty sure a lot of you are familiar with the "USB Rubber Ducky", the USB stick that emulates a keyboard. Is there software for Windows that will prevent this type of attack, while ...
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Bluetooth USB device shows up as HID Keyboard. Is it safe?

I bought a USB Bluetooth adapter and my PC now has Bluetooth available, but while it's connected it is makes a "HID Keyboard" show up in my "Mouse, keyboard & pen" setting in ...
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Does Windows 10 read/run/care about USB devices plugged in "Lock Screen" mode?

Whenever I leave my computer for the bathroom or anything inside the living space, I press WinKey + L to enter the "Lock Screen" mode. (If I go outside, I turn it off completely.) Let's say ...
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Can a USB drive be tracked? [duplicate]

If I had a specific USB and I plugged it into one computer to download something and then plugged it into another computer to download more files/view the files/etc., would there be some kind of ...
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Can a mouse contain viruses? [duplicate]

My mouse dongle was plugged into a laptop infected with a Trojan Virus, is it a possibility for the mouse dongle to be infected?
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Is it risky to let (trusted) Android devices connect to my computer over USB?

I'm wondering what security threats I should be aware of if I set up a testing farm (like STF) which will have several Android devices connected to PCs over USB. The Android devices will have USB ...
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Is disabling USB data transfers still useful to protect a patched W10/11 workstation?

Assuming a threat actor would not have a huge amount of resources or is a script kiddie (he could not write a 0-day but he could buy a rubber ducky); in a Windows 10 environment, if the workstation is ...
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Is it safe to clone Tails to a used USB?

If one has a USB stick, originally from a trusted source and without hacked firmware, but one has used this USB stick with an unsafe system, then can it safely be plugged it into a Tails OS system and ...
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How does USB device run exe program when plugged in

Based on my research the best USB device can do is to trick the OS believing its device type A while it is device type B. However it can never auto install a custom driver or auto execute a program/...
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Will secure boot prevent any non signed firmware from running?

Wonder if secure boot can protect my computer from usb drives with infected firmware after Debian os is booted ?
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Can an SD card (or microsd card) emulate an HID device?

In a similar manner to a usb rubber ducky, can one use an SD card to emulate an HID device (such as a mouse or keyboard)? If so, how could this be implemented, and how can it be protected against?
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What traces are left on a flash card reader after using it? [duplicate]

If one uses a micro SD card with a card reader on Windows, or on Linux, or on Android, would there be a way to forensically determine on which computer the card reader was used? I know OS can log ...
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If a malware infects a usb, will formatting remove it? [duplicate]

My computer probably had malware. Decided to install linux and do a disc wipe using a linux distro called Pop!_OS (ubuntu based) Can a piece of malware/virus inject itself into an ISO According to the ...
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USB with partition that runs .exe program. - How to remove it

I have receive a USB, but I noticed that as soon as I connected it to my computer, a video of an organization is shown. Its like an informative video, it makes me think about nothing dangerous. But... ...
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Can malware go from a computer to an android phone

My computer (probably) had malware, and during that time I connected my phone to it (via USB) for transferring files, using as midi, etc. Is there a chance the malware could've spread from the ...
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If I buy any FIPS 140 certified USB flash drive can I be sure that it's firmware is signed?

Does either FIPS 140-2 or FIPS 140-3 certification require USB flash drive's firmware to be signed so that malicious computer cannot overwrite flash drive's firmware? e.g. badusb attack. If I buy any ...
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Identifying a BadUSB using Linux

Using Linux, is there anyway to detect that an arbitrary USB device is a BadUSB or not? For example: Booting a Linux into multi-user.target. No graphical interface / tty (getty login). Plug the USB ...
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Tricking a windows 10 computer into thinking a USB being plugged in is a mouse for code execution [closed]

Is it possible to "trick" a Windows 10 PC into thinking a flash drive is a mouse to execute code on the machine? If so, how? Note: I'm not trying to do anything malicious. All of this is ...
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How to safely use a possible BadUSB?

I have to use a USB stick that introduce itself as a HID device. I'm not sure if it does something fishy behind the scene or not, but I rather to think it's not safe and take the necessary steps to ...
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how to check a device (mouse, USB-VGA, USB-HDMI) contains no malware [duplicate]

I got my fingers seriously burnt with some garbage bought online, which was a USB-3.0 to VGA cable. It contained a driver that requested an install, that led to my computer being unstable and a few ...
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Check USB mouse for malicious code

When I first used this mouse and keyboard, my PC died shortly after. Today I used it and it somehow corrupted my Linux. I once put a clean Linux on a laptop and plugged this mouse in and left it, ...
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Parrot OS live vs Tails [closed]

Is Parrot OS as secure as Tails? Tails is running from USB, loading to RAM so it means that it doesn't use local computer storage. After each start, Tails starts a new session and doesn't store files ...
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Wondering if a USB dongle for gaming controller could have malware installed [duplicate]

I purchased a usb gaming controller used. It has a usb dongle that plugs into the PC and a I assume its bluetooth. Is it possible for the USB dongle to contain a keylogger that starts up when I plug ...
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