Tool fights off scourge of USB drives pretending to be keyboards

 It’s no longer rare for USB flash drives to carry malware which installs itself onto a computer without being noticed.

That’s why Windows users who are given a flash drive to open should deactivate the Windows autostart function for USB devices and have a virus scanner check out the thumb-stick before opening it.

A less known but rising threat is the USB flash drive which has been manipulated so that it will be recognized as a keyboard.

That trick sidesteps the anti-autostart precaution and allows the flash drive to smuggle in malicious code.

If you often receive USB sticks containing photos from your friends, or work in an office where people bring in data on sticks, some extra protection from this new trick is needed.

The USB Keyboard Guard tool from G Data is designed to unmask the sticks masquerading as keyboards. The programme detects if any new keyboard has been recognized, blocks it and shows a warning. Users can then tap OK if they really have connected up a new keyboard.

The tool then remembers the user’s decision for permitted devices.

Last update: Wed, 13/01/2016 - 11:42

More from World

Trump vows to return power to the people in inaugural speech

US President Donald Trump on Friday vowed to take power away from Washington bureaucrats and politicians and give...

Donald Trump sworn in as US president

Donald Trump takes the oath of office and is sworn in as the 45th US president in a ceremony at the US Capitol.

Syria indefinitely extends Russia's use of air and naval bases

Russia and Syria have signed agreements to indefinitely prolong Russia's use of a naval base and an airbase on...

Thirty per cent of Aleppo's Old City destroyed, UNESCO says

Thirty per cent of the Old City of Aleppo has been destroyed and 60 per cent significantly damaged amid the ongoing...

Donald Trump prepares to take office, as thousands flock to Mall

Donald Trump arrived at the White House Friday as he prepares to take the oath of office and become the 45th...