I (from EU) recently attended a scientific conference in China. As part of the goodies there is a decent looking thumbdrive which has the conference logo printed on it. It seems to be in original packaging, so I guess somebody ordered them to be made with the logo from the manufacturer directly.
I am a bit wary about getting thumbdrives that I did not ask for. For instance there was the RSA conference where the vendor screwed up loading the conference material onto the drive and and there was malware on it was well. Additionally I have no feeling on whether intelligence services use this opportunity to get a bridgehead into various university networks.
As I do not need a thumbdrive, I will likely just not use it myself. But is that overly paranoid? Should I just gift it to somebody else?