The fan was part of a goody bag given to some 3000 accredited journalists who covered the historic meeting yesterday (12 Jun).
Inside the goody bag were also things like bottled water and a Sentosa guidebook.
Cyber security expert, Professor Matthew Warren from Deakin University said that the fan “certainly can be a security risk”.
“The idea of the USB is a way of connecting devices to computers, and either exchanging data or drawing power for operations. The problem is, there’s been a number of examples where USB devices can be hijacked and malicious code can be put on them.”
Security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell demonstrated at a Black Hat Conference in 2014 how USB devices can be used to can “completely take over a PC, invisibly alter files installed from the memory stick, or even redirect the user’s internet traffic,”
Of course, the seemingly innocent USB fan could be a device aimed at helping journalists beating the searing Singapore heat rather than a malicious data-theft tool.
Because, you know, Singapore treated journalists pretty well during the summit, stuffing them with a tasty spread of local food such as kaya toast, chicken rice and laksa…