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RCIPS Warns of Potential Cybercrime Scheme Using Malicious USB Devices, 6 April

6th April, 2020 Police Headlines

The RCIPS is informing the public, particularly IT managers and business users, of a notice being circulated by INTERPOL regarding a new cybercrime scheme targeting businesses in the Executive Management, Information Technology, and Human Resources fields.


The scheme involves mailing USB devices to the targeted businesses, contained in packages which usually include gift cards or toys. When one of these USB devices is connected to a company computer, the device gathers system information, gains administrator privileges, and then forwards the information to a remote server. A fake message box is often displayed during this process, warning of errors on the thumb drive.


Although there is currently no evidence of such devices being received in Cayman, all persons are advised to be aware of the potential dangers of connecting USB devices from unknown sources to your system.


Anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to this or a similar scheme, is advised to contact and report the matter to RCIPS.