Just because a computer that holds sensitive information is not connected to the public Internet, it doesn’t mean it can’t be infected with malware. According to Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of IT security giant Kaspersky Lab, USB devices can successfully be used to infect such computers.
In a talk held at the Canberra Press Club last week, Kaspersky highlighted two such incidents.
In one of them, the computers of an unnamed nuclear plant in Russia have been infected with the notorious Stuxnet malware via USB devices. So far, it was believed that Stuxnet, a threat allegedly developed by the US and Israel, was only used against Iranian nuclear facilities.
The International Space Station is among the last places you’d expect to hear of a malware infection. However, according to Kaspersky, it too was infected with a virus carried there by Russian astronauts on removable media.
SC Magazine provides a video of Eugene Kaspersky’s presentation at the Canberra Press Club. Check it out.