Australian huge Telco company Telsta have been embarrassed by handing out malware-infected USB drives to tutorial attendees at the AusCERT security conference on the Gold Coast.

AusCERT’s marketing manager Claire Groves confirmed the USB sticks came certified pre-owned (thanks Dan Geer) and were given out at a tutorial at the conference.

The malware was of the “autorun” variety, programmed to be run automatically when removable drives are inserted into a computer and were deemed to be a low risk. Nevertheless, they were recalled as soon as the malware was discovered.

This event shows the risk you should be taking with any disk, flash drive, external hardrive or any other unknown peripheral that you may be given to use on you computer.