San Francisco: Subsequent time while you borrow a charging cable on your smartphone or iPad, assume twice. A hacker has proven that an iPhone charging cable can steal your information.
Dubbed the O.MG cable, the Apple USB lightning cable appears to be like regular from the skin like every other charging cable.
As soon as plugged into your system, from a close-by system and inside Wi-Fi vary, a hacker can wirelessly transmit malicious payloads in your pc, studies Motherboard.
“The cable comes with various payloads, or scripts and commands that an attacker can run on the victim’s machine. A hacker can also remotely ‘kill’ the USB implant, hopefully hiding some evidence of its use or existence,” the report mentioned late Monday.
As soon as plugged in, an attacker can remotely lock a pc display to gather the consumer’s password after they log again in.
“This specific Lightning cable allows for cross-platform attack payloads, and the implant I have created is easily adapted to other USB cable types,” the hacker generally known as MG was quoted as saying.
“Most people know not to plug in random flash drives these days, but they aren’t expecting a cable to be a threat,” he added.
MG made the cables himself, modifying actual Apple cables to incorporate the implant.
He now needs to get the cables produced as a reliable safety software.