Wireless Mice and Keyboards Latest Tools in Hackers’ Arsenal: Report
A new tool has emerged in hackers’ toolboxes that allows them to access computers through a user’s wireless mouse or keyboard. This hacking method, referred to as “mousejacking” by internet of things research firm Bastille, was revealed in a new report issued by the organization.
According to a recent article from Wired, “With about fifteen lines of code, you can take over a computer more than a hundred yards away.”
Usually wireless keyboards use encryption, but mice don’t always use encrypted signals.
Through their security research, Bastille discovered that “you can send out a wireless signal that pretends to be a wireless mouse… Then, you can have that fake wireless mouse pretend to be a wireless keyboard — and start controlling someone else’s computer, ” according to an article from CNET.com.
Bastille theorizes that since so many of these wireless devices use the same wireless chip, there could be millions affected by this security flaw.
CNET has compiled a list devices Bastille has found so far to be affected. You can check out the list of affected devices here to see if you have a wireless mouse or keyboard that might make you prey to hackers.
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