Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables Will Hijack Computer

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"I plugged the Apple lightning cable into my iPod and connected it to my Mac, just as I normally would. My iPod started charging, iTunes detected the device, and my iPod produced the pop-up asking if I wanted to trust this computer. All expected behaviour.

But this cable was hiding a secret. A short while later, a hacker remotely opened a terminal on my Mac's screen, letting them run commands on my computer as they saw fit. This is because this wasn't a regular cable. Instead, it had been modified to include an implant; extra components placed inside the cable letting the hacker remotely connect to the computer."

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shit, they are getting pretty damned clever.
Reminds me of a clever scam in the early days of computing.

Hackers would drop a couple USB memory sticks loaded with malware in the employee parking lot of a bank. Hapless employees would bring them inside and put them in the USB port to see what was on them. And, bang, the computer and network were compromised.

In response to this many high security locations superglue USB ports.

But... now that Apple is using the USB-C for both connectivity and power, they're not able to disable these ports. DOH!
 
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