Good news for hackers: People still plug found USB sticks into their computers

Of 200 USB sticks distributed at public places in Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., earlier this year, 17 percent wound up plugged into computers – some of them by IT pros – where they could have done all sorts of damage had they been loaded with malware.

Not only were they plugged in, the finders followed instructions on them to email a specified address and include what they did for a living, according to a study by the IT industry association CompTIA.

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