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New covert malware uses USB drives to jump airgaps and works on almost every storage device

Researchers have developed a new malware, which is capable of bypassing airgaps to access information from systems. Dubbed USBee, the malware uses USB devices, converting them into data transmitters with no hardware modifications. USBee is designed to create electromagnetic emissions from a connected USB drive in efforts to transmit data from an air-gapped computer to an unmodified USB dongle, acting as a receiver, located a short distance from the targeted system. The malware is believed to be a marked improvement over the NSA-developed USB data retriever called CottonMouth, which first came to light after whistleblower Edward Snowden released classified NSA documents.

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: International Business Times

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