With USB drives becoming one of the most common ways to transfer and carry around your digital files, hackers have been successfully targeting them, and getting users and big companies to unknowingly spread malware.
The way that this malware works is that once installed on a computer, the virus or malware will immediately infects anything inserted into the computer. That means when you insert a USB drive into an infected computer, the viruses will automatically go onto the USB drive, and later, when inserted into a different computer, it will infect it as well. This is exactly how this type of malware spreads. They don’t call it a virus for nothing.
This is where the Internet security company, McAfee, comes into the picture to secure our USB drives. It signed a contract with two thirds of USB drive manufacturers to include a security software on their devices that will automatically scan the user’s computer for malware as soon as the USB drive is inserted. If malware is found, the anti-malware software will block any file transfers to the USB device, preventing it from being infected as well.
Considering that this is one of the top ways that malware is spread today, among both, individual users, and giant companies, this update to USB drives should drastically reduce the amount of infected computers, identity fraud, and cyber crime.
(Via Information Week)