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New covert malware uses USB drives to jump airgaps and works on almost every storage device

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The malware was named USBee because it behaves like a bee, flitting from one place to another, while gathering data

Researchers have developed a new malware, which is capable of bypassing airgaps to access information from systems.

Dubbed USBee, the malware uses USB devices, converting them into data transmitters with no hardware modifications.

The malware is believed to be a marked improvement over the NSA-developed USB data retriever called CottonMouth, which first came to light after whistleblower Edward Snowden released classified NSA documents.

The malware is the creation of a research team led by Mordechai Guri, who serves as the head of research and development at Ben-Gurion's Cyber Security Center and is also the chief scientific officer at Morphisec Endpoint Security Solutions.

USBee can modulate any binary data over the electromagnetic waves and transmit it to a nearby receiver," the researchers said in their paper.

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