ADA Sends Out 37,000 Flash Drives Infected With Malware

May 12, 2016

ADA Sends Out 37,000 Flash Drives Infected With Malware

By Chris Brunau

You just got a flash drive containing files from a reputable source, so what do you do? Probably plug it into your computer and download the information you need, right?

That’s exactly what happened when the American Dental Association (ADA) mailed roughly 37,000 flash drives, except there was a problem, according to Krebs on Security.

The flash drives were supposed to include the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) 2016 manual, but some users were directed to a domain commonly used by hackers to infect computers with malware.

As we pointed out in a recent blog post,  the benefits of flash drives are far outweighed by the potential—and quite common-risks.

According to Norton, because they are so small, cheap and can store so much data (once a selling point) flash drives present a security threat. The more common they become, the greater chance they’ll get lost or stolen or used to spread malicious programs.

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