You Won’t Believe This, But There Are USB Sticks Hidden In Walls All Around The World. Here’s Why


Berlin based media artist, Aram Bartholl began ‘Dead Drops’ as an anonymous file-sharing space for the public around the world. USB flash drives were put into buildings, curbs and walls where they can be accessed by anyone. The first five Dead Drops appeared in back in 2010 in New York.

It will take a keen eye to spot them but they have now popped up all over the world from Paris to Italy and even Vietnam. You can request a dead drop for your own city at the Dead Drops website. The trick is to go through the Dead Drop to see what interesting files have been dropped and to drop some of your own.


Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file outlining the project.



A USB dead drop is a USB device installed in a public space. For example, a USB flash drive might be mounted in an outdoor brick wall and fixed in place with fast concrete. The name comes from the dead drop method of espionage communication.



Pont Des Arts, Paris



On the steps of Palais De Tokyo, Paris


Hanoi, Vietnam


Cagliari, Italy


Folsom, California


Dakar, Senegal


Are there any in the UK? Yes, and shed loads by the looks of this map…. What a great idea

 Dead Drops

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