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USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:32 PM

I came across a really cool trick the other day that allows for virtually any USB device to also be capable of storing information (like a USB stick). In this article, the author has taken a USB Mouse, a USB Hub, and a USB flash drive and have combined the 3 so that data can be stored on this mouse. He hits hard on the topic of forensics, which needs to now consider the fact that any USB device should be considered in an investigation. While this method could have useful ramifications, it could also cause havoc. Thoughts?

http://www.thice.nl/...ardware-hiding/

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Re: USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 02 October 2010 - 10:15 PM

Ha, when my old friend used to live by me, we used to hang out every day. You know, usual 8-year-old stuff. We pretended we were spies. Although, we were actually pretty smart. The had all of these secret hiding spots, hollowed out books, made weapons, stuff like that.
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Re: USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 02 October 2010 - 10:27 PM

Hey great find.
Does this mean that i can embed a usb chip inside a mobile phone. This would be awsome. When do theu plan to make 1tb flash drives
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Re: USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 02 October 2010 - 10:28 PM

When you walk up to your friend and say, "MY mouse holds 40 GB of stuff", they'll look at you really funny and ask where you got it...
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Re: USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 02 October 2010 - 10:39 PM

View PostDogstopper, on 02 October 2010 - 09:28 PM, said:

When you walk up to your friend and say, "MY mouse holds 40 GB of stuff", they'll look at you really funny and ask where you got it...


I prefer this:

http://www.amazon.co...howViewpoints=1
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Re: USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 02 October 2010 - 11:24 PM

View PostDogstopper, on 02 October 2010 - 08:32 PM, said:

I came across a really cool trick the other day that allows for virtually any USB device to also be capable of storing information (like a USB stick). In this article, the author has taken a USB Mouse, a USB Hub, and a USB flash drive and have combined the 3 so that data can be stored on this mouse. He hits hard on the topic of forensics, which needs to now consider the fact that any USB device should be considered in an investigation. While this method could have useful ramifications, it could also cause havoc. Thoughts?

http://www.thice.nl/...ardware-hiding/


You did realize that the data wasn't stored on an ordinary mouse, right? The author modified a mouse to add a USB memory chip to it.

Forensically speaking, if you have a high security area that lets non-IT people come and go with mice and other equipment then you have bigger problems in general.

This is just a sofisticated way to hide a drive. By the same token I could walk in with a cordless mouse that stores its dongle, but have a usb drive in the storage compartment instead of the wireless dongle. What rent-a-cop on the door would know?

Or stick a usb stick inside a keychain fob of a Troll doll. OR the hollow space of a brief case handle.

There are billion places to hide a USB flash drive. A mouse is just 1 of them.
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Re: USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 02 October 2010 - 11:40 PM

Yah, I realized that. I just thought that the idea in itself was cool. It's a simple way to sneakily store data where people wouldn't normally suspect it.
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Re: USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:01 AM

What eva.. this guy is tots hard core. He has a usb drive in his thumb!

http://news.cnet.com...10196121-1.html
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Re: USB Hardware Hiding

Posted 04 October 2010 - 01:40 PM

On the same note of security a lot of business and corporations in financial and health care don't typically let you bring your own equipment in. If they do, then the systems administrator is usually notified when a drive or storage device is changed or added to that systems configuration.

If they're not, the company is doing it wrong.
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