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Old 1st January 2020
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Originally Posted by stanl View Post
Basic question - if i have a usb drive plugged in but not mounted, is that drive vulnerable should I be hit with a ransomware/malware attack?

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Sure. The drive is still known to system even if no file system is mounted. The malware can scan the USB bus and mount any drive it finds. I don't know if any of them do that, but it'd be trivial.

A hardware encrypted drive should prevent any changes. A software encrypted drive could have the data erased, but not read.
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