IBM Unknowingly Sends Malware Infected USB Flash Drives
IBM has released a statement disclosing a number of infected USB sticks have been sent into the public. The USB flash drives were shipped to include Storwize flash. It is the Storwize flash that included the malicious code. According to Hack Read, the infected models include drives that have part number 01AC585 and that were shipped with Storwize V3500, V3700, and V5000 Generation 1 storage systems.
If you have received a flash drive that is infected, you should dispose of it immediately. Although, some professionals disagree. Saying it is not necessary to dispose of the USB sticks. However, PC Matic strongly advises any potential victims to do so immediately. If you have already used a malicious USB stick, and have concerns it may have infected your endpoint, it is advised users run a security scan immediately. By doing so, you should be able to effectively remove any malware infections that resulted from using the malicious USB.