Sophisticated state-sponsored cyber espionage group used USB sticks to infect offline computers

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Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab reports it discovered a cyber espionage group in 2015 that was able to steal confidential information from offline computers using USB sticks. The group calls itself Project Sauron or Strider and is likely state sponsored.

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Hmm… I’m not sure how a hidden partition on a flash drive failed to get any Windows users’ attention. Windows sees USB flash drives as “superfloppies” (as opposed to hard drives), and therefore will only detect the first partition on the device (The other partitions won’t even show up in the Disk Manager (diskmgmt.msc)). If it mounts infected partition, the partition that actually has useful data would be ignored, which would surely raise some eyebrows. If the non-rogue partition is mounted, there’s no way the infected partition could be a threat. Perhaps the infection overrides this behavior, by forcing Windows to unmount the first partition and mount the second?


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I heard something similiar to this a operative tossed USB sticks around state department parking lot and employees were dumb enough to pick and insert into their work computer with Auto Start options enable thus giving the Malware USB free reign of the network and or standalone. People are still stupid as they once there thinking oh it a free USB laying around no one will miss it. duh…doofus they were put there for reason. USB stick are so cheap that you can’t seem to figure that out.