Tuesday July 26, 2016

Flaws In Wireless Keyboards Let Hackers Snoop On Everything You Type

For some reason this story is all over the news again today. I'm not sure if this story is a repeat from six months ago (same researchers, same problem) but I guess it is better to be safe than sorry.

Here's how it works: a number of wireless keyboards use proprietary and largely unsecured and untested radio protocols to connect to a computer -- unlike Bluetooth, a known wireless standard that's been tried and tested over the years. These keyboards are always transmitting, making it easy to find and listen in from afar with the right equipment. But because these keystrokes aren't encrypted, a hacker can read anything on a person's display, and directly type on a victim's computer.