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Windows 7: Formatting infected USB sticks

18 Oct 2019   #11
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Yes if BIOS IS INFECTED.
Communication takes place with a chipped device via BIOS first thing.
No they are not all infected, they have to be infected with a BIOS update i.e. FLASHING THE BIOS.
Stuxnet was installed by NSA and the flash drives were left in conspicuous places that personnel working at the centrifuge plant in Iran frequented, the picked them up, one was inserted in a drive on the plant net and trashes many slowing the enrichment of uranium..

If you purchase electronics from reputable establishments you are relatively safe. If you watch where you insert your USB stick you are relatively safe. If you take care in surfing the net and have adequate anti-whatever you are relatively safe.

Bill


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18 Oct 2019   #12
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Why are you bootin from USB?
Disconnecting Drives? Why?
Bill
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19 Oct 2019   #13
GusFG

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Why are you bootin from USB?
Disconnecting Drives? Why?
Bill
If I've got to scan a drive for logical errors or malware then booting off of the USB to a Linux OS and employing a suite of tools from the USB seems logical.

As for disconnecting drives this helps me to inadvertently avoid booting of the suspect internal drives rather than the USB especially since the USB would be plugged in and there is a chance of cross contamination if I'm not on the ball. May sound unnecessary but it makes me happy
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19 Oct 2019   #14
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Very unnecessary
Cybersecurity is my hobby.
If you boot from USB and access those drives, or they are plugged in, your efforts are in vain.
Why don't you run a VPN?
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19 Oct 2019   #15
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

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19 Oct 2019   #16
GusFG

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Very unnecessary
Cybersecurity is my hobby.
If you boot from USB and access those drives, or they are plugged in, your efforts are in vain.
I don't see how!


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Why don't you run a VPN?
VPN for doing what?
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19 Oct 2019   #17
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Are you running OS from USB with HDD or SSD connected via sata on motherboard?
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19 Oct 2019   #18
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Are you running OS from USB with HDD or SSD connected via sata on motherboard?

Call it "Windows To Go"...I thought you could not boot and use HDD for that? Only special USB Keys.
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20 Oct 2019   #19
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

That is incorrect.
USB you can run almost any OS
WintoUSB
by Haslo
WintoGo by M$
Most any linux distro.
Black Arch Linux, my fav
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