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We know what you typed last summer

We know what you typed last summer

"Look at you, Hacker. Wasting your flesh-life fiddling with wireless keyloggers. SHODAN does not approve."

According to a new white-paper published by Remote Exploit, wireless keylogging could be one of the next big security threats for PC users. The paper, which was written with the help of Dreamlab Technologies, highlights how it is possible to remotely intercept signals from wireless peripherals such as keyboards.

The security hack works only against keyboards using radio technology to transmit, not Bluetooth. However, although Bluetooth is finding a more secure foothold in the industry, companies such as Microsoft and Logitech continue to use radio technology.

Most wireless peripherals operate on a radio frequency of 27Mhz, which was previously thought to be secure from most casual attacks. The white-paper demonstrates how it is possible to use a simple radio receiver, a soundcard and some basic PC software to intercept these signals and reveal what users have been typing.

The current test worked only at a distance of ten meters, but it was stressed that this was because only low-end technology was being used in the test. More powerful and sophisticated set-ups would be able to pick up the signals at a greater distance.

The full report, as well as a demonstration of the attack, can be viewed on the RemoteExploit site.

Are you worried about the security of your data? Have you ever been keylogged or hacked in the past? Let us know in the forums.

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Lowsidex2 6th December 2007, 11:42 Quote
OH NO! That's was my 9month pregnant nieghbor and her 4yr old son were doing with that directional atenna!

Can't say I'm to worried about this one living in a house but apartments and office buildings might be at risk. I had to key my Logitech keyboard and mouse to the receiver when I installed the software. Is that for a measure of encryption or just to limit interference?
Tim S 6th December 2007, 11:46 Quote
heh... I guess that's one reason not to use a wireless keyboard. Battery life was always my major gripe though - there's nothing more annoying than the batteries running out on anything. I'd rather just have the keyboard connected via a wire, but I can understand the benefits of a wireless keyboard for something like a media centre - I wouldn't be typing anything that I'd say is 'secure' on that though. :)
steveo_mcg 6th December 2007, 11:48 Quote
A company i worked at was so worried about industrial espionage they wouldn't use wireless any thing, they had a lead lined room for sensitive discussion and later moved floor so the board room wasn't in direct line of sight with the castle since that was the only building opposite.
[MadMan] 6th December 2007, 12:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
heh... I guess that's one reason not to use a wireless keyboard. Battery life was always my major gripe though - there's nothing more annoying than the batteries running out on anything. I'd rather just have the keyboard connected via a wire, but I can understand the benefits of a wireless keyboard for something like a media centre - I wouldn't be typing anything that I'd say is 'secure' on that though. :)
hmmm, i use some el cheapo wireless keyboard for almost 2 years now(with stock batteries), and never ever changed them... same goes for my g/f
and now, im tempted to buy a wireless kb for work as i;m annoyed of cables
[USRF]Obiwan 6th December 2007, 12:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by [MadMan
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hmmm, i use some el cheapo wireless keyboard for almost 2 years now(with stock batteries), and never ever changed them... same goes for my g/f

and now, im tempted to buy a wireless kb for work as i;m annoyed of cables

And your g/f? do you buy a new one too :D
[MadMan] 6th December 2007, 12:30 Quote
ROFL, you know it was meant another way
Drexial 6th December 2007, 12:57 Quote
ok off topic, but that picture is old school. Ive had that face on my wall for like ten years. Cut it out of a magazine.
Blademrk 6th December 2007, 13:18 Quote
System Shock for the cheesecake.

Would have thought it was common sense that a wireless keyboard transmission (RF or Bluetooth) would get hacked at some point.
DeXtmL 6th December 2007, 13:36 Quote
A great more study merely concenter on the wired systems. As wireless systems are increasingly growing, more and more security holes are revealed.
Dev25 6th December 2007, 16:44 Quote
Good thing i do not a have a Wireless keyboard
HourBeforeDawn 6th December 2007, 17:22 Quote
well Im glad my stuff is bluetooth now lol
pendragon 6th December 2007, 18:24 Quote
ya know, I often wonder how likely some of these hacks would be if research companies didn't tell you exactly how to do it ahead of time... then again, if it really does prevent any hacks beforehand, then I guess it's doing its job [shrugs]

I stopped using a wireless keyboard myself, as the keyboard ended up breaking on me
DXR_13KE 6th December 2007, 20:34 Quote
completemadness 7th December 2007, 00:46 Quote
Don't wireless keyboards & mice come with warnings about this?
I know my wireless MS desktop thing did all those years ago ....
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