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Wireless Mouse And Keyboard Dongles Expose Computers to Attacks

25
Feb
2016

Computer-Peripherals

Researchers at IoT security company Bastille claim to have found a way to hack computers via a vulnerability present in many wireless mouse and keyboard dongles.

Wireless mice and keyboards communicate with computers over Bluetooth, radio frequency (RF) and infrared via a USB dongle plugged into the device. Over the past years, researchers demonstrated that the lack of strong security mechanisms used by these peripheral devices can be leveraged to log keystrokes and even send arbitrary data to a computer.

Experts have shown that data can be easily captured by a nearby attacker from many wireless keyboards that use Bluetooth and RF.

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