Flaws in wireless keyboards let hackers snoop on everything you type

    Flaws in wireless keyboards let hackers snoop on everything you type

    Flaws in wireless keyboards let hackers snoop on everything you type


    Posted: 26 Jul 2016
    Your wireless keyboard is giving up your secrets -- literally.

    With an antenna and wireless dongle worth a few bucks, and a few lines of Python code, a hacker can passively and covertly record everything you type on your wireless keyboard from hundreds of feet away. Usernames, passwords, credit card data, your manuscript or company's balance sheet -- whatever you're working on at the time.

    It's an attack that can't be easily prevented, and one that almost nobody thought of -- except the security researchers who found it.

    Security firm Bastille calls it "KeySniffer," a set of vulnerabilities in common, low-cost wireless keyboards that can allow a hacker to eavesdrop from a distance.

    Here's how it works: a number of wireless keyboards use proprietary and largely unsecured and untested radio protocols to connect to a computer -- unlike Bluetooth, a known wireless standard that's been tried and tested over the years. These keyboards are always transmitting, making it easy to find and listen in from afar with the right equipment. But because these keystrokes aren't encrypted, a hacker can read anything on a person's display, and directly type on a victim's computer.

    The attack is so easy to carry out that almost anyone can do it -- from petty thieves to state-actors...


    Read more: Flaws in wireless keyboards let hackers snoop on everything you type | ZDNet
    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    26 Jul 2016

  1. zooburner's Avatar
    Posts : 348
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    I had thought of it, but always thought that the range was so minimal that unless someone sat more or less on your doorstep they couldn't intercept it, I have one of the (possibly) affected keyboards but have replaced it with a wired one. I may take a little time and get a wireless one you can encrypt.
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  2. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 4,657
    Windows Home Dev 21H1 x64
       #2

    zooburner said:
    I had thought of it, but always thought that the range was so minimal that unless someone sat more or less on your doorstep they couldn't intercept it.
    Mousejack range is up to 225 meters, of course that depends on the surrounding, 30 m is normal through walls.
    I blame retailers for selling unencrypted wireless devices, encrypted cost the same, people usually ask the sellers.
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  3. Alphamale's Avatar
    Posts : 384
    Windows 8.1/10
       #3

    HaHa!!!
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