The following is an excerpt from AARON MAK | June 12, 2018 | Slate.com |
At the Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un this week, a company connected to the local government provided journalists with gift bags containing a tourism guidebook, a water bottle, a trial newspaper subscription to the Straits Times, and a fan that can be plugged into a USB port.
After journalists posted pictures of the bags’ contents, a number of cybersecurity experts sent tweets urging them not to plug in the fans, noting that the devices could be designed to surreptitiously download malicious software onto a victim’s computer.
Alan Woodward, a computer science professor at the University of Surrey, told the BBC, “There’s an adage in cyber-security: if you give someone physical access to your computer, it’s no longer your computer. Use an unknown USB stick and you are doing just that.”
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