March 22, 2023

USB-to-Lightning cable, once plugged into machine,helps hackers steal all of the data from your iPhone and inject malware onto your device. It’s comes out as a surprise

Motherboard came up about a tricky little product, sold by cybersecurity company  Hak5 and dubbed the “OMG cable” after its inventor. The cord, which looks almost exactly like an Apple Lightning cable and is sold in a USB-C or USB-A format, is loaded with a hidden chip and gives a user the ability to remotely steal data or deploy malicious software onto MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones.

Once plugged in, the OMG essentially sets up a wifi hotspot, which a remote user can then connect to. An online interface that comes with the product allows the hacker to record and log activity from the target device. The keylogger logs as much as 650,000 keystrokes. The company describes it as being “built for covert field-use, with features that enhance remote execution, stealth, forensics evasion.

There’s a limited geographic scope to its functionality, it apparently works from a fairly good distance. “While tested this out in downtown Oakland and were able to trigger payloads at over 1 mile”.

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