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 :-)
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