Dental Association Unknowingly Sends Virus To Members

American Dental Association (ADA) admits that some USB devices it mailed contain malware, advises caution.

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

May 3, 2016

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Some American Dental Association (ABA) USB drives with dental procedure codes sent by the organization to dentists across the US may be infected with malware, according to a report by KrebsOnSecurity.  

The ADA mailed 37,000 of these made-in-China drives to its members of which "only a small percentage of the manufactured USB devices were infected," it claims. The USB was part of the 2016 Code on Dental Techniques (CDT) package and contains the electronic version of the manual with updated codes used to track billing and insurance procedures.

The infected USB was first flagged publicly by a DSL Reports Security Forum member who received an infected ADA USB stick. More allegations of malware prompted the group to circulate a mail to all members warning about the possible presence of malware on the USB which, it said, could be detected by antivirus software. ADA told KrebsOnSecurity that it has advised users to discard the USB drive and to download PDF version of the manual instead.

Read full story at KrebsOnSecurity.

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