Wireless Hacked!

Wonderful! Just what we needed to hear: wireless keyboards can be hacked…

Noticed this on TidBITS this afternoon, from Josh Centers:

Bastille, a cybersecurity company, has shown that hackers can easily intercept transmissions from eight non-Bluetooth wireless keyboards. Experts demonstrated how a $40 radio transponder combined with a $50 antenna could grab the signals of budget wireless keyboards from Anker, EagleTec, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Insignia, Kensington, Radio Shack, and Toshiba. Bluetooth and wired keyboards, however, are not vulnerable to the methods used in this attack, providing a reason to avoid wireless keyboards that depend on proprietary transmission systems.

Please note that Bluetooth keyboards are NOT affected by this flaw. PYBT: Your Wireless Keyboard May Be Betraying You for all the gory details.

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