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The "BadBIOS" virus that jumps airgaps and takes over your firmware - what's the story?

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"BadBIOS" is an unfolding story about a virus that is claimed to have some remarkable characteristics - such as jumping airgaps, spreading using sound waves, and taking over your firmware.

How does it work? What do we know? Is it real or a hoax? Paul Ducklin takes a look...

1 "terrific employee" + 1 thumb drive + 6,000 lost medical records = fired!

1 "terrific employee" + 1 thumb drive + 6,000 lost medical records = fired!

A woman called a "terrific employee" by her boss was fired after downloading 6,000 medical records onto a USB drive that she then lost. Whose fault is it, really? Perhaps if the company had technology in place to prevent the transmission of unencrypted records onto a USB device, the lamentable event wouldn't have happened in the first place.

How do you compare to Steve Wozniak? Take our survey and (maybe) win a new iPad Mini

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Last year, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak showed off his travel backpack to Gizmodo readers. He needed a whopping seven containers to get through airport security!

Question is how do the rest of us compare. Tell us what you lug around and have a chance of winning an iPad Mini.

Manchester police pay off £150,000 fine for unencrypted USB key

Manchester police pay off £150,000 fine for unencrypted USB key

The UK Information Commissioner's Office in the UK recently fined the Greater Manchester Police £150,000 for a data breach.

The problem boiled down to an unencrypted USB key stolen from an officers's home.

SSCC 95 - Oracle patches, lost USB sticks, App Store shenanigans and WiFi heists

Sophos Security Chet Chat

Chet and Duck take on the week's news once again in their inimitable and informative style.

You'll be glad to hear that there are several "good news" stories this week - data that didn't leak, malware that didn't infect, and cybercriminals who didn't get away with it!

Criminals in USB key espionage attempt against Dutch multinational. Or not.

Criminals in USB key espionage attempt against Dutch multinational. Or not.

A keen-eyed Naked Security reader alerted us to an interesting-sounding story about a USB-fuelled espionage attempt.

(For those who prefer us to write about security successes, not about failures, this one's for you!)

Lost USB keys back in the spotlight in Privacy Commission report

Lost USB keys back in the spotlight in Privacy Commission report

In late 2011, we published our analysis of a bunch of USB keys we'd bought at a lost property auction.

We got a number of surprises - not least that the Privacy Commissioner decided he wanted a word with us. Find out what happened next...

Lost USB keys have 66% chance of malware

Lost USB keys have 66% chance of malware

We bought a stash of USB keys at a major transit authority's Lost Property auction, and took a look at the sort of information people leave on the train.

Two-thirds of the keys were infected with malware, and nothing on any of the keys was encrypted...

Juicejacking - an emergency phone charge can be a security risk

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You've heard of hijacking. And carjacking, truckjacking and shipjacking. You've probably also heard of sidejacking, sheepjacking and clickjacking.

That's nothing. Here comes juicejacking!

Australian bomb hoax suspect tracked across internet and arrested in Kentucky, USA

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For the last two weeks, Australia has been fascinated with a peculiar crime committed in one of Sydney's most prestigious suburbs.

If you've heard the name of the victim, Madeleine Pulver, you've probably heard the story behind the crime.

USB Autorun malware on the wane

USB Autorun malware on the wane

The prevalence of Autorun malware appears to have dropped significantly, following Microsoft pushing out an update to change the behaviour of the Windows technology.

Hardware keyloggers discovered at public libraries

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USB hardware keyloggers have been found attached to the back of two PCs in Manchester, England.

Microsoft says 'Good riddance' to USB Autorun

Microsoft says good riddance to USB Autorun

Microsoft has rolled-out an "important, non-security update" through Windows Update, changing the behaviour of Autorun when you plug a USB stick into your computer.

The reason? To make it harder for malware to spread.

Olympus Stylus Tough camera carries malware infection

Olympus Stylus Tough camera carries malware infection

Olympus Japan has issued a warning to customers who have bought its Stylus Tough 6010 digital compact camera that it comes with an unexpected extra - a virus on its internal memory card. The first thing to point out is Read more…

Students' personal data exposed after USB drive stolen

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A school in Woodbridge, Virginia, held a meeting with parents last night to discuss the loss of a USB flash drive containing personal information about students. Lake Ridge Middle School posted an advisory on its website explaining that the USB Read more…

IBM distributes USB malware cocktail at AusCERT security conference

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Sheesh. This must rank as one of the most embarrassing things a security company can do at a security conference. IBM has admitted that the complimentary USB drives it handed out this week at the AusCERT conference on the Gold Read more…

Bad Bunny! Energizer USB battery charger blamed for backdoor

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It looks like it's time to remind everyone that malware isn't just something you download from the internet, or find attached to an email, or even discover lurking on a CD. Any time you plug a storage device into your Read more…

Conficker virus outbreak at Greater Manchester Police

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Greater Manchester Police has been reportedly cut-off from the UK's Police National Computer system, after an outbreak of the notorious Conficker worm. As a result, the police force has been unable to carry out checks on criminals and suspect vehicles Read more…

UK councils must take action after data leaks

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Two British councils have agreed to take action after personal information related to children was lost because the data was not being properly protected. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found Sandwell Borough Metropolitan Council in breach of the data protection Read more…

Microsoft improves AutoPlay to combat USB malware

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Here's some good news. Microsoft has revealed on one of its blogs that the next version of Windows will change the way in which the operating system handles USB flash drives to fight the growing problem of AutoRun malware. Malware Read more…