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USB Charger Wirelessly Captures Whatever You Type

USB Charger Wirelessly Captures Whatever You Type

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.

A security researcher Samy Kamkar who created KeySweeper also got to know the instructions on how to build your own USB wall charger.


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:

  • Passwords
  • ATM Passwords
  • Social Media Information
  • Trade secrets
  • Intellectual property
  • Personally identifiable information
  • Other sensitive information

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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About Kamran Mohsin

Kamran Mohsin
Kamran Mohsin is a Certified Ethical Hacker. Currently working as a Penetration Tester within a private company in Pakistan. He is also doing Masters in information Security. He worked in web development (front-back-end) from recent back years. With the passage of time he took interest in Hacking and started to write blogs on IS from late 2015.

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