Wandering Security

For the first time ever, I ran across a hotel business center (desktop PC and printer) that had the USB ports physically blocked out. I find that interesting only because I’ve often considered how easy it would be to introduce malware/whatever into a business center (and often hoped those machines are airgapped from the hotel’s production environment).

Of course, this was at a time when I needed to print something off a USB stick, instead of, say, an email I could access through a Web browser.

I found out that unplugging the keyboard would, yes, open a viable USB port that wasn’t limited to just human interface devices. Sure, I was limited to inputs from the mouse in order to manipulate the file (because, well— no keyboard), but it seems that someone put at least some good thought into locking down that system, but then left a giant pathway right through their control policy.

Not sure what the workaround would be, short of putting Super Glue on all the keyboard/monitor USB connections for every PC in every property in that hotel chain. Or going with thin clients that have peripherals that are hardwired and not connected by USB (come to think of it, with a very limited target functionality, why does the business center need full PCs, anyway?).

Anyone ever given any thought to this?

Sharp Security

In the US, possession of a switchblade is a federal offense, but butterfly knives are as legal as rye bread.

In Germany, it’s just the opposite. About switchblades and butterfly knives, I mean— bread’s not illegal there, as far as I know.

Funny thing: neither place, far as I can tell, suffers from crime waves using either instrument.

I am sure someone smarter than me could figure out some sort of meaning in this.

Physical Badsec

If your physical security process involves controlled items, make sure you train your staff not to hand a stack of the controlled items to unauthorized personnel during the procedure...else someone could pilfer one or two, and use them for all sorts of nefarious purposes.

 

In totally unrelated news, if someone wants to smuggle contraband/small children/explosives aboard a cruise ship, drop me a line in the Comments section.

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