Hackers can use smartphone charging cables to steal your data

Modified iPhone lightning cables give hackers wireless access to Macs

Modified iPhone lightning cables give hackers wireless access to Macs

THE ONLY RISK Apple's Lightning cables have posted until now is frustration at Cupertino's insistence on a propitiatory connector for its iThingys.

To do this, he took a standard Apple USB Lightning cable and rigged it with a small, nearly invisible Wi-Fi-enabled implant. Grover made the cables by hand, painstakingly modifying real Apple cables to include the "implant" containing the components that allow the computer to be accessed remotely.

The hacking cable dubbed the O.MG cable - we see what you did there, pal - works just like a normal Lightning cable, charging an iPhone and transferring things to and fro between a connected PC and the iGadget.

This allows other parties to access the said device and, potentially, wreak havoc by sending phishing pages to the victim's screen. "A hacker can also remotely "kill" the USB implant, hopefully hiding some evidence of its use or existence", the report said late Monday.

"It's like being able to sit at the keyboard and mouse of the victim but without actually being there", MG said.

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However, when the cable is plugged into a target computer, even though it behaves as a typical cable does (charging the attached iPhone, allowing it to sync, etc.), it also allows nearby hackers to connect to the machine to run commands. Until I, as an attacker, wirelessly take control of the cable... At the annual Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, he elaborated the development and demonstrated the scope of his project.

Although this exercise was focused on an Apple product, "MG" warns that Wi-Fi-enabled implants are small enough to be used in accessories issued from other virtually every other smartphone brand. "In the end, I was able to create 100 percent of the implant in my kitchen and then integrate it into a cable".

'Apple just happens to be the most hard to implant, so it was a good proof of capabilities'. But with recent revelations, you probably should be careful about the Lightning cable that you use.

At this time, most folks don't have to worry about the cable, even though it could be gifted to them or swapped out with their cable without being noticed. 'So this helps drive home education that goes deeper'.

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