Security Risks of USB Ports on Embedded Devices

A recent BBC article explained how USB devices can be used for malicious purposes without the user opening an infected file on a USB flash drive, for example. In fact, the USB device doesn’t have to be a USB flash drive at all. It could be a smart phone or even a USB light or fan. The article and associated videos explain how the USB device can spoof being a network card and steal username and password data when it unknowingly takes a user to a legitimate looking site that is set up to harvest this data.

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