Service desks are being warned that USB storage devices are acting as conduits for spreading viruses across corporate IT environments, with a study from McAfee finding an increase of almost 1.2 million samples of malicious code in the previous quarter.
The report blames bad habits rather than USB devices themselves for the security breaches. Users should wipe drives regularly and also ensure current anti-virus software is installed to safeguard networks and devices.
“Over the last quarter we have seen prime examples of malware that impacted consumers, businesses, and critical infrastructure facilities. Attacks that we’ve traditionally seen on PCs are now making their way to other devices,” says McAfee vice president Vincent Weafer.