The new USB cable contains a small computer that spies on everything you type
A pseudonymous security researcher says they are already mass-producing the cables.
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The next time you buy a USB drive cordon – or grab a free one from a booth at an event – you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t spy on everything you type.
A cable that can do just that is now available, thanks to a pseudonymous cybersecurity researcher called MG. MG Recount Motherboard this the so-called OMG cable looks like any other except a small computer that can automatically log every keystroke you type while it’s plugged in and forward them to a hacker.
“There were people who said type C cables were safe from this type of implant because there was not enough space. So clearly I had to prove that I was wrong. 🙂 ”, said MG Motherboard.
MG has already started to mass produce OMG cable and sell it via the Hak5 hacking community store – apparently for security research purposes rather than anything intentionally malicious. As the product listing describes, the cable contains a web server, radio, and tiny processors, all hidden within the wire itself.
In an essay, Motherboard Journalist Joseph Cox used the OMG cable – specifically a USB-C to Lightning cable – to connect his keyboard to his Mac computer. A demo video shows a phone running the cable interface capturing every word it typed.
MG said Motherboard that a hacker can run the interface from any web browser after connecting to the wired Wi-Fi hotspot – a process that seems extremely straightforward for the amount of information it could exhibit. Needless to say, Apple, which developed lightning cables, ignored Motherboardrequest for comments.
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