Chapter 4. Crimeware in Small Devices

Bruno Crispo, Melanie Rieback, Andrew Tanenbaum, Ollie Whitehouse, and Liu Yang

This chapter considers the potential for crimeware in small devices, including USB drives, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, and general mobile devices. These devices can and often do contain important data. As these devices continue to proliferate, crimeware authors may turn their attention to them.

4.1 Propagation Through USB Drives*

Not counting built-in hardware, USB flash drives are probably the most popular storage devices today. They are small, lightweight, fast, portable, rewritable, and reliable. In 2007, the largest-capacity USB flash drive had a storage size of 64GB [436]. USB flash drives are supported ...

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