Police give out infected USBs as prizes in cybersecurity quiz

So ironic. You work hard to win a cybersecurity award, and what do you get? A USB drive stuffed with creepy-crawly nasty, that’s what.

The Taiwanese government last month celebrated its crackdown on cyber crime. The national police – the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CBI) – picked up 250 blank USB drives, each with an 8G capacity, to give out as prizes at the data security expo, hosted by the Presidential Office on 11-15 December.

According to the Tapei Times, an employee at a New Taipei City-based contractor, Shawo Hwa Industries Co., transmitted the malware to the drives when testing their storage capacity… from his infected work station.

Oops! the CBI said after investigating the infection, which wound up on 54 of the drives that were handed out to winners of a quiz about cybersecurity knowledge. “Winners of a quiz about

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