In a recent study, researchers from Google and the universities of Illinois and Michigan dropped nearly 300 USB sticks off at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and measured how many of these were plugged into student machines.
The findings were alarming, and indicative of just how dangerous USBs can be. “We found that users picked up, plugged in, and clicked on files in 48% of the drives we dropped,” the authors of the report commented. “They did so quickly: the first drive was connected in less than six minutes.”
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