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Victoria Residents in Australia Target Of Hazardous USB Sticks

Victoria residents in Australia have just realized an attack being targeted on them via USB memory sticks arriving from nowhere to lie in their letterboxes. The state police of Victoria have posted an alert on its official website telling that when these USB sticks are plugged into users' computers, the victimized users will receive fake offers of media streaming facility along with experiencing other severe problems.

Unfortunately, such instances wherein tainted devices are proliferated or dumped in public places are not unknown. Cyber-criminals do the same thing for disseminating their malware alternatively other hazardous codes fast among unwitting users. It is assumed that even spying organizations make use of such techniques. What's more the sticks sent from apparently genuine places too can be pretty hazardous. Surveys conducted reveal that an enormously unexpected number of individuals just lift apparently thrown away USB sticks and even use them.

The described attacks have presently occurred solely in Pakenham a tiny, noiseless town having as small as just a little more than 30,000-sized population and situated 56 km away from Melbourne in the south-east direction. And though some miscreant has discovered an uncommon technique of spreading malware that could be banking Trojans also, the problem that individuals without pondering insert USB sticks inside their PCs isn't unprecedented. Softpedia.com posted this, September 21, 2016.

According to one more survey conducted in April 2016, an investigator for cyber security following a TV program after Mr. Robert dropped 300 USB drives near the campus of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The investigator felt perplexed when he discovered that 98 of those drives had been collected while 48% of end-users actually used them and attempted at opening the files and operating on them that were inside the drives.

Furthermore, considering that only in August an organization from Hong Kong too began selling one USB drive which short-circuited the PC into which it was plugged, it is advisable that consumers exercise greater caution while handling freshly discovered USB drives.

In the meantime, Victorian police have been asking residents to get potential clues which could aid in catching the perpetrators of the contaminated hardware.

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