"BadUSB is a dangerous USB security flaw that allows attackers to turn a simple USB device into a keyboard, which can then be used to type malicious commands into the victim's computer.
While it's not easy to create these kinds of dangerous USB devices, it's also impossible for you to tell the difference between a regular USB and an altered one. Worse yet, since the files stored on the USB will not likely be infected, standard security software probably won't even detect that these are dangerous little pieces of hardware when you plug them into your computer.
We spoke to some security software firms about their best advice for avoiding BadUSB and their recommendations were remarkably analog.
Representatives from the Security Response team at Symantec, which makes the popular Norton family of security software products, acknowledged that traditional anti-virus technology can't "inspect the drivers running inside a USB device."
For consumers they recommend:
Only insert trusted USB devices into computers
Do not use or purchase pre-owned USB devices (they could potentially contain malicious software).
Never leave your computer or mobile devices unlocked or unattended."
The #IAmARepublican Campaign Isn't Exactly Going as Planned Hashtag, meant to humanize, gets hijacked
The #IAmARepublican campaign was meant to show Americans that Republicans can be normal, reasonable people. However, it's become the latest case of snarktivism, as social media users hijack the hashtag to mock members of the political party.
The attempt to humanize Republicans was created by Vinny Minchillo, who had worked on Mitt Romney's ad campaigns during the 2012 presidential election. He launched a website called RepublicansArePeopleToo.com for the cause, and supplemented the message on Facebook and Twitter. He also masterminded a video showing that conservative Americans drive Priuses, publicly peruse The New York Times and struggle through building Ikea furniture like the rest of us.
Sarah Silverman Once Stabbed Another SNL Cast Member In The Head
“Like during rewrites and stuff, I would always sit next to him. And I would always be kind of leaning back in my chair like a cool kid—really cool. There’s like an inner monologue going on and I don’t know if I was thinking in words or pictures, but I know that it was a winter, so he had a really big Jew fro (they grow them for the winter).”
“I was just kind of like a million miles away looking at his hair. The whole table has really sharpened pencils, like super sharp… and in my mind, I just thought, I’m gonna like stab this [pencil] through his hair. But what everyone saw, because this is what happened, was that I just stabbed him really hard. Because I was going to go through his hair in my mind but it just went in his temple. He screamed something like, 'WHY?'... I somehow wasn’t asked back for the next season.”
Wow! If Sarah Silverman ever comes through the Vidicom offices, we’ll be sure to not give her a sharpened pencil!