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Computer Security No 19: USB stick can kill any device it touches

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USB stick can kill any device it touches

- USB stick can kill any device it touches

- 90% of Internet Service Providers face cybercrime in UK

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USB stick can kill any device it touches

About Over 50 Personal Computer Security USB stick can kill any device it touches

A friend of mine sent this article about the chilling device that can destroy the computers it is plugged in. Its success rate - 95%! It costs $74.50 and was designed to test surge protection of electronics; it is marketed to penetration testers. Here's how it works:

"When plugged into a device, the USB Killer rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power lines. When the device is charged, - 200VDC is discharged over the data lines of the host device. This charge/discharge cycle is repeated many times per second, until the USB Killer is removed."

To read the full article: www.smh.com.au

90% of Internet Service Providers face cybercrime in UK

The Internet Services Providers' Association has released the findings of its latest survey:

"The results from the ISPA members that were surveyed reveal 10 key findings:"

1. Cyber-security is an increasing priority for 79% of ISPs surveyed, 77% said spending is increasing and MDs or C-Suite executives are accountable for cyber-attacks

2. 92% are subject to cyber-attacks on a daily (31%), weekly (23%) or monthly (38%) basis

3. ISPs provide a wide variety of tools and services to protect networks and tools to end users

4. 85% of those surveyed said ISPs should have a proactive role to play in maintaining customer protection and mitigation

5. ISPs take a proactive approach, with 84% of those surveyed having reported incidents and breaches and 92% provide advice and tools

6. ISPs want Government to focus on awareness raising (64%) rather than creating new regulations (18%) to meet the challenges of cyber security

7. Law enforcement should prioritise better training (83%) and coordination with industry (83%), as well as increase funding (58) and prosecutions (50%)

8. 91% are concerned about Government surveillance measures impacting on network security

9. There is inconsistency with how law enforcement deals with ISP incident reporting

10. While a large number of public bodies are in contact with ISPs, a third receive little or no contact

They call for better education, tougher laws and information sharing between industry participants.

To read the full article, please go to:

ispa.org.uk

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