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USB sticks with malware are being hand-delivered to mailboxes

USB sticks with malware are being hand-delivered to mailboxes

Sometimes, the best strategy is an old-fashioned one, and sadly some criminal elements might be using that nugget of wisdom to spread malicious software to unsuspecting victims. In Australia and the UK, there have been reports of USB thumb drives being delivered, most likely by hand, to physical mailboxes. And while these branded memory sticks look innocent, they are rarely so. The few that have been analyzed revealed to contain malware, ransomware even, designed to hold users’ data hostage for a price to be paid to hackers.

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Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

One day the tech world will have embraced the USB-C connector - until then, we’re reliant on devices like Kingston’s DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB Flash drive to bridge old and new. The double-sided thumb drive sandwiches between 16GB and 64GB of storage in-between a pair of plugs: a regular USB 3.1 on one end, and a USB-C 3.1 on the other. As a new MacBook user, I’m understandably curious about anything that works around the ultraportable’s notorious lack of ports: read on for my review.

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OWC Envoy Pro Mini SSD USB released, 120GB to 480GB

OWC Envoy Pro Mini SSD USB released, 120GB to 480GB

Other World Computing (OWC) launched its latest collection of thumb-sized solid state drives (SSD) today at an industry trade show in Las Vegas. OWC's Envoy Pro mini SSD utilizes a USB 3.0 port and can run on Mac, PC or Linux. The biggest point that sets SSD drives apart from traditional USB drives is the transfer speed. This OWC model can sustain speeds of up to 433 Mb/s and has a max speed of 500 Mb/s.

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USB Killer drive is a trap waiting to electrocute your laptop

USB Killer drive is a trap waiting to electrocute your laptop

Everyone is about to get a little bit more careful about what they stick inside their computer after reading this. Hopefully, you already know not to insert a random USB that you find on the ground into your laptop. Random USB drives could be used for phishing or viruses, and now they could be used as a bomb. Meet the USB Killer. It is designed to look like an innocuous flash drive, but inside it packs quite a punch. This little guy is designed to completely fry your laptop from the inside out.

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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive made for iPhone and iPad

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive made for iPhone and iPad

This week the folks at SanDisk have revealed their newest Lightening port-ready flash drive, made specifically for the newest iPhones and iPads on the market today. This device is aimed directly at iPhone and iPad users who have trouble moving photos and video from their smartphone or tablet to their computer. To do this, it works with an iXpand sync app with the ability to instantly transfer photos and video to the drive without hassle. One plug, sync, transfer, and the user is done.

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PNY LEGO USB drive launches, is compatible with your other LEGOs

PNY LEGO USB drive launches, is compatible with your other LEGOs

We've seen all sorts of odd and novelty USB flash drives over the years (check out the Star Trek set), but none that can be used as a piece of a larger construction. Cue PNY's new partnership with LEGO, and the plastic-brick storage devices that naturally follow.

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SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive marries storage with microUSB and full-sized USB

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive marries storage with microUSB and full-sized USB

SanDisk has announced a new USB flash drive this morning. This one is called the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive and offers up to 64GB of storage along with a full-sized and micro-sized USB connection. This drive is intended for Android users, and works with both Mac and Windows on the desktop side.

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USB Drives used to steal cash from hacked ATMs

USB Drives used to steal cash from hacked ATMs

European cybercriminals have been using USB drives to steal money from cash machines owned by an unnamed bank. Details on the attacks were revealed at the Chaos Computing Congress in Germany recently. The attack involved cutting a hole in the ATM to plug in a USB drive used to install code onto the ATM.

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LaCie Porsche Design USB 3.0 thumb drive now available

LaCie Porsche Design USB 3.0 thumb drive now available

LaCie and Porsche Design have jointly created a sleek new thumb drive aptly named the LaCie Porsche Design USB Key. Unlike many USB drives, the Porsche Design USB Key eschews colorful designs and plastics, aiming more for a sleek, subtle design that blends in on the average key ring and looks professional in a business setting. The thumb drive is available now.

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Buffalo DriveStation DDR claims SSD speeds with HDD hardware

Buffalo DriveStation DDR claims SSD speeds with HDD hardware

Buffalo has revealed its latest external drive, the DriveStation DDR HD-GDU3, slotting more RAM into the USB 3.0-connected enclosure so as to rival SSD speeds, allegedly, with HDD pricing. The new drive, available in 2TB and 3TB capacities, uses traditional spinning-platter disks to keep prices down, but Buffalo claims that thanks to a combination of caching and other tweaking it'll reach write speeds of up to 400 MB/s.

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Mimoco expands MIMOBOT Legends line with Washington and Lincoln flash drives

Mimoco expands MIMOBOT Legends line with Washington and Lincoln flash drives

Mimoco's Legends of MIMOBOT Series has a wide range of characters in it, such as the Star Trek X line that was released back in November, and the Bruce Lee drive before that in August. Now the company has released its latest characters, these ones in honor of President's Day - George Washington and Abraham Lincoln USB flash drives.

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Kingston 1TB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive Hands-on

Kingston 1TB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive Hands-on

Earlier this week we mentioned the folks from Kingston unveiled the worlds first USB 3.0 thumb or flash drive to also have a full 1000GB of storage. We've certainly seen 1TB flash drives before, but none support USB 3.0 at the moment. Today here at CES we managed to quickly get some hands-on pictures with the new flash drive so check it out.

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