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[Tweaktown] Gigabyte launches USB Blocker Software for 7-Series Boards

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Are you the owner of a 7 series Gigabyte motherboard? Tired of all those hackers plugging flash drives into your computer and giving you viruses? If so, Gigabyte has the download for you! Today, Gigabyte has announced a new piece of software which will disable certain types of USB devices from connecting to the computer.

The software features an easy-to-use GUI that allows you to select what can and cannot be seen by the operating system when physically connected. The software will currently run on Intel Z77, H77, B75 and H61 based motherboards produced by Gigabyte. Gigabyte has provided some excellent use-case scenarios:
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For example, in a small office were data theft could be a worry, you can block each PCs access to storage devices, making it much harder for anyone to walk out the door with your data. In schools, joysticks and game pads can be blocked, while public PCs in hotels, cafe's, dormitories, libraries and such, can avoid the risk of viruses and malware by blocking pen drives and other storage media, while still allowing USB connected keyboard and mice to be used.

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Link to download from Gigabyte's Website

First news post, just a fair warning.
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wat

The whole schools and public places argument is a reasonable argument.. But they will all have to buy 7-Series mobos, unrealistic.
but otherwise, what if a friend installed this without your knowledge?
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Hmm, this makes me wonder, is it possible to modify my usb so a system would recognize it as a mouse, but I can still use it like a usb?

Also, as someone who gamed in school, I never saw a joystick or a gamepad in school. School gaming was done in stealth, a joystick isn't very stealthy biggrin.gif
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This is nothing new guys. The military/DOD have been doing this for a while. They even know when you plugin an unothorize device and they call security to get you and your computer untill they find out what happened. I have seen this before. This is a cheaper way to keep data secure for small bussiness.
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Also, as someone who gamed in school, I never saw a joystick or a gamepad in school. School gaming was done in stealth, a joystick isn't very stealthy biggrin.gif

exactly, I never saw someone bring a joystick tongue.gif
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The whole schools and public places argument is a reasonable argument.. But they will all have to buy 7-Series mobos, unrealistic.
but otherwise, what if a friend installed this without your knowledge?

The software will work with a number of chipsets, including the H61, which is extremely common.
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This is nothing new guys. The military/DOD have been doing this for a while. They even know when you plugin an unothorize device and they call security to get you and your computer untill they find out what happened. I have seen this before. This is a cheaper way to keep data secure for small bussiness.

Yea this really pisses me off... being in the Army and well being a techie.. Things go wrong with a computer and I am usually asked to try and fix it...but it usually is easier to break into Fort Knox. mad.gif Ohh you wanted this media off this laptop but for some reason you have no privileges because for some reason Windows doesn't like your Smart Card... ohh you wanted this power point on a flash drive nope...how about a cd/dvd disk.. NOPE... Go into Device Manager... the user doesn't see any IO ports lol.. ***
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I can see some fine ways to troll ppl with this tool...=P

 

 Ontopic, even tho for now its only the 7 series, I'm pretty sure they will end up doing it for all their mobos, this is a nice software for public pcs, what would be nicer would be if this worked like a firewall, and you could add a bypass for a specific flash drive, I can see many problems if you block all flash drives, your own won't work either.

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