A report coming out of Panda Labs shows an increased trend for new malware and worm attacks to use USB devices as distribution channels.
The report places the figure around 25%, so for every one in four USB device, an attack has been reported.
Even if email attacks are still predominant, USB threats are on the rise
, mainly due to the new wave of USB enabled devices launched on the tech market in recent years.
But don't imagine that only simple pocket-size USB drives are responsible. Any kind of USB device is susceptible to these attacks.
Anything from a digital camera, cell phone, external hard drive, DVD player, MP3 player, memory card, or mobile device can be the host of an USB worm.
These attacks rely on the Windows routine of reading the “Autorun.inf” file to get instructions on how to manage the newly connected USB device.