Subversive NYC USB Drives Appear In Unlikely Places


Like brick walls, for example. (See pic below.) It’s part of artist Aram Bartholl’s Dead Drops project. So far he’s installed five USBs in public spaces for public file sharing. We’re wondering if Bartholl considered how much porn and/or viruses would be spread by his subversive USB tactics.

Dead Drop USB

Here are the official words of explanation from Aram Bartholl’s own blog:

“‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project.”

In case you’re an NYC resident and are attracted to such flagrant public use of USBs, here are the not-so-secret locations:

87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)
Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)
235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)
Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)
West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

In our case, while the novelty of anonymous off grid file-sharing has its appeal, the evil potential of viruses and hacks might turn these once benign USBs into time bombs waiting to get stuck on some unlucky laptop.

Via Gizmodo


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