A flash media drive. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Flash media – small, but deadly … to computer systems

Malicious viruses can also be spread using flash media devices. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran a test in which staffers dropped flash drives in the parking lot of government and contractor buildings. Sixty percent of folks who picked them up simply plugged them into networked computers.