I'm really not sure yet. I really need to see a proof of concept first before I take it too serious. If it turns out to be a real threat I will be doing more research and presenting my findings in the future.
@EdB_Vt - I haven't had time to look into it that deeply or technically yet but some of the attack vectors and mechanisms could be: tuning the frequency of the audio to interact with Wifi or wireless input devices, or taking advantage of an open audio input as an interface to interact with the computer
@78RPM - Yes I have been following that. It's so new that I haven't had time to put it in my presentation as a delivery mechanism. But that's what it would be. It would follow the same attack methods against the same vulnerabilities, but it's now a new attack vector and delivery mechanism. Scary stuff. Definitely keep an eye on that.
Clint, an article on Design News this week is about Malware That's Transmitted by Sound. A high pitch audio is used to modulate a malicious file sent to computers with sound cards and mics. Have you ever heard of exploits that have used this?
@pmkamqn: That's a really good qustion. I don't know off and of any readings related specifically to USB policies. Some standards such as NIST SP800-53 or IEC/ISO 27001/27002 cover that stuff but really high level. There are some good recommendations in many of the security books out there, espcially the ones that I recommended... but everything is so high level. Looks like a good book opportunity for someone.
Another question was: "Clint, is it true that a real security guy can't be a member of LinkedIn or other social media ? What I do is give a false DoB, false hometown or other security question response etc...."
I don't see why a security guy can't be a member of social media or LinkedIn. I am. I've never had any problems. Now a real SPY might not want to go down that road LOL :-)
Back around 2000, my daughter inserted a floppy disk that had the Chernobyl virus. On 26 April (or whatever day of the Chernobyl meltdown), it completely erased the C: (boot) drive of our home machine. I tried to recover data, but had to start over from scratch over 2 week period. My backup of C: was corrupted, so no joy there either!
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A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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