FBI warns public intentionally about the tracking USB charger that captures all the typos you done on your device. The USB charger wirelessly captures whatever you type. The news was heard anonymously when last year somewhere a white hat hacker has developed a charger which was named Arduino-based a cheap device that was constructed for charging mobile that looked absolutely like normal generic USB mobile charger but was covertly logged, decrypted and interestingly reported back all the keystrokes from Microsoft wireless keyboards.
The device included a web base technology that was used to capture the keystroke and monitor the actions. The device was capable of sending the SMS alerts for the typed keystrokes, usernames, URLs and work after the nasty device is unplugged because the device has its built-in rechargeable battery.
A security researcher Samy Kamkar who created KeySweeper also got to know the instructions on how to build your own USB wall charger.
KeySweeper is actually a stealthy Arduino-based device, camouflaged that functions as USB wall charger, that wirelessly and passively sniffs, decrypts, logs and reports back (over GSM) all keystrokes from any Microsoft wireless keyboard in the vicinity.
Well the keystrokes are sent back to the KeySweeper operator over the Internet via an optional GSM chip, or can easily be stored on a flash chip and even delivered wirelessly when a secondary KeySweeper device comes within wireless range of the target KeySweeper.
This helped the criminal minded people and hackers, how to make your own decrypted charger for stealing user data. A web based tool is present that allows live keystroke monitoring.
Recently, the FBI has issued a warning advisory for all the private industry partners to search out for the highly stealthy keyloggers that are able to sniff passwords quietly without user’s knowledge.
According to the knowledge of advisory, the black hat hackers have already developed their own custom versions of KeySweeper device, that if placed in any company or public place where individuals are using their credentials piece of information, they could be hacked easily and the criminals can capture the following credentials:
- ATM Passwords
- Social Media Information
- Trade secrets
- Intellectual property
- Personally identifiable information
- Other sensitive information
However, the Microsoft spokesperson says, those customers using Microsoft Bluetooth-enabled keyboards are protected against KeySweeper threat. As, its wireless keyboards manufactured after 2011 are also protected, as they use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption technology.
So, the primary method of defense is either to restrict the use of wireless keyboards, or to use keyboards that use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption technology.
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