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USB has a huge security problem, it could take years to fix and USB manufacturers don’t seem too alarmed about it. In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they’d found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn’t seem to...

By Evan Dashevsky (PCMag) I was very fortunate for a kid growing up in the 1990s, with a high school computer lab fitted with all the latest Clinton-era technology. While I most fondly remember it for being the place I played Oregon Trail and Number Munchers, it was also where I mastered all the basics I’d need to maneuver the burgeoning information age. Aside from access to the primordial AOL-keyword-era Web, the lab was also populated with a lot of stuff that would soon wither on the technological vine: floppy discs, CD-ROMs, early...