Researchers develop OMG USB-C to Lightning Cable that can steal your passwords

Lightning Cable that steals passwords

Lightning cables can steal your passwords now. The majority of the hacking instances and security flaws we frequently see reported occur remotely, frequently through malware installed without the user’s awareness that steals passwords and data. Because they require physical access to a target computer or device, Local Privilege Escalations, or LPEs, are more uncommon.

There is, however, a very particular class of security threats that combine the two, such as a seemingly harmless USB cord that allows a hacker to view everything you enter on a keyboard linked to it.

USB cables are many, especially those that claim to be significantly less expensive than Apple‘s accessories. A USB-C to Lightning cable is one example, which may be used to connect an Apple Magic Keyboard to a Mac or another computer. However, you may be unintentionally purchasing a cable that allows hackers to view whatever you enter through it.

Record Keystrokes as they pass through the cable

That is the terrifying scenario that the OMG Cable, which has a web server, radio, and tiny processors all hidden within the wire itself, created by security researchers at MG, attempts to portray. It works by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot that a hacker may join to record keystrokes as they pass through the cable, as well as possibly other data.

This cable was created in part in reaction to allegations that the USB-C connector’s small size made it safe for implants, which the MG has since refuted. The new cable also has new functions such as geofencing, which turns on the implant when it enters a specific location. Geofencing can also be used in conjunction with an older self-destruct mechanism, which can now be activated when the cable departs a specific range of engagement.

As alarming as that may appear, you’re unlikely to come across the OMG Cable from reputable third-party manufacturers. It’s also a stroke of luck that the epidemic and global chip scarcity have made making hacking cables like this more difficult and expensive, though it’s still a good idea to avoid cheap knockoffs.

MG has already started to mass-produce the OMG cable and sell it through the hacking community shop Hak5. So be alert!


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