An unpatchable malware infecting the firmware powering USB drives is now available in the wild, giving hackers undetectable abilities to use the sticks as hosts to malicious software that is automatically loaded when connected to a new computer.
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New research calls into question the security of using USBs to connect devices to computers. The research points towards a virus risk and argues that it would be extremely difficult to remove a virus residing in the USB firmware.
A new USB standard, USB 3.0, is reportedly set to hit the market soon and replace the current USB 2.0 standard. USB 3.0 will be ten times faster and will transfer files at a rate of 4.8 Gigabits per second (0.6 GB per second).