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#1 alexmoreira

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:04

hi all

I know there's a way to find out which usb devices have been plugged to a computer
but
Is there a way of doing the reversal which is having a usb stick in your hand find out which computers it has been plugged to ?

thanks


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:06

Doubt it

#3 arachnoid

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:09

I dont think its likely as whilst the PC keeps a registry log for driver purposes the USB stick does not.Well not a basic unit anyway unless it has some software installed to log any connections.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:14

You can sort of look at devices that have been plugged in, in your \Windows folder their is another folder called "Inf" this stores all windows *.inf from driver installs.

All Windows default drivers are here BUT the ones called OEM which are all after installation, if you look there you will see OEM01.inf, OEM02.inf. etc... Open each OEM**.inf and it will have the name of the device the driver installed.

Eventually you should find one call i.e. "Sandisk 4GB" but some sticks have very generic names and may make your stick impossible to find but this should help find what you need.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:16

You can sort of look at devices that have been plugged in, in your \Windows folder their is another folder called "Inf" this stores all windows *.inf from driver installs.

All Wdinwso default drivers are here BUT the ones called OEM which are all after installation, if you look their you will see OEM01.inf, OEM02.inf. etc... Open each OEM**.inf and it will have the name of the device the driver installed.

Eventually you should find one call i.e. "Sandisk 4GB" but some sticks have very generic names but this should help you find what you need.


OP wants to do it the opposite way around, look at the USB stick and see which PCs it has been plugged into

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:16

Are you trying to find out if your USB stick has been cheating on you?

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:18

mabye some high end enterprise military grade secure ones would have something like this.

#8 arachnoid

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:19

No they just want to see which PCs are infected :laugh:

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:26

OP wants to do it the opposite way around, look at the USB stick and see which PCs it has been plugged into


Doh! My superior reading skills have kicked in again!

#10 OP alexmoreira

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:26

Are you trying to find out if your USB stick has been cheating on you?


:rofl: eheh
nope...just trying to figure a way to get the proof I need to pinpoint who stole my USB stick! :angry:

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:26

Psychometry

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:28

:rofl: eheh
nope...just trying to figure a way to get the proof I need to pinpoint who stole my USB stick! :angry:


Copy an autorun virus to the USB stick, leave it lying around, the person who starts swearing stole your stick ;)

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:35

:rofl: eheh
nope...just trying to figure a way to get the proof I need to pinpoint who stole my USB stick! :angry:


Probably not worth the time and effort. Let it go :)

Ignore that, I assumed you got it back. Yeah screw those f**kers over!

#14 arachnoid

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:37

:rofl: eheh
nope...just trying to figure a way to get the proof I need to pinpoint who stole my USB stick! :angry:


If they stole it how are you going to read it....
You could instal a R.A.T. on all your sticks then you could control which ever PC it was plugged in to :woot: :laugh:
EDIT Put a big sticker on the all "Warning infected use at your own risk"

#15 OP alexmoreira

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 16:59

If they stole it how are you going to read it....
You could instal a R.A.T. on all your sticks then you could control which ever PC it was plugged in to :woot: :laugh:
EDIT Put a big sticker on the all "Warning infected use at your own risk"


I know the usb stick serial number that has been stolen and have access to some of the suspects computers!
finding out if those computers had my usb stick plugged is possible
I was just wondering if the reversal was possible but arachnoid has said here something that must be the answer:

I dont think its likely as whilst the PC keeps a registry log for driver purposes the USB stick does not.Well not a basic unit anyway unless it has some software installed to log any connections.


it is not a basic unit but that's ok.

Maybe I'll have an answer for all this soon and will share with you all