This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker Commands

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target A security researcher just created an “evil” USB cable that can remotely accept hacker commands with a few tech tweaks.On Sunday, Mike Grover demonstrated the security threat of this scenario by developing a generic-looking USB cable that can obtain commands from a nearby smartphone and carry them out on the PC it’s plugged into, PCMag reported.You like wifi in your malicious USB cables?The O•MG cable(Offensive MG kit) was a fun way to pick up a bunch of new skills.Not possible without help from: @d3d0c3d, @cnlohr, @IanColdwater, @hook_s3c, @exploit_agency #OMGCable— _MG_ (@_MG_) February 10, 2019Grover’s USB-to-lightning cable is fitted with a Wi-Fi chip inside one of the sockets, so unsuspecting users will think that this “typical” cable is safe to use with their computer. Unfortunately though, this seemingly ordinary cable will be detected by the computer as a Human Interface Device that resembles a keyboard or mouse.Here’s how Grover’s “attack” works: First, he plugs the USB cable into a MacBook laptop. Next, he uses his smartphone to remotely control the MacBook to visit a phony Google login webpage that can secretly obtain the owner’s important information, such as their password. The USB cable attack, which works on Linux, Mac, Windows, and iOS systems, can be programmed to mess up someone’s cellular hotspot or Wi-Fi as well.Grover told PCMag that he plans to produce more “malicious” USB cables to educate the public on the dangers of hacker attacks. “Showing attacks in an engaging way allows a wider audience to be aware of threats,” he told PCMag. “Getting this cable into the hands of other researcher[s] allow new uses and attacks to be explored. In the end, it leads to improved security.”More on Countries Agree Cars Must Have Automatic Breaking SystemsElon Musk ‘Confident’ SpaceX Ticket to Mars Will Cost Less Than $500KGoogle Maps AR Navigation Is Being Tested by Some Early Userslast_img read more