This seemingly normal-looking Lightning cable really steals all of your data

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Screenshot: Lucas Ropek/Hak5 – The cable seems to have been developed by Apple, but is actually produced by a hacker.

Here is a few intrigues for you, Mr. Robot-level: Think of a harmless USB-to-Lightning cable that will actually assist hackers to steal all the data on your iPhones and inject malware into your device when they have connected to your machine. If this sounds like a far away TV show, it’s actually a surprise. It sounds like something.

Recently, Motherboard spoke on just such an arduous small product sold by Hak5 and dubbed the “OMG cable” after its designer, Security Researchers, MG. The cord, which looks nearly just like an Apple fiber cable, is supplied in USB or USB-A format, is installed on a secret chip and allow a user to rob data on MacBooks, iPads and iPhones remotely or to deploy dangerous software. A tool to control penetration, the product that was previously demoted at the 2019 DEFCON cyber conference is a tool, reports Vice.

How it works: Once connected, the OMG mostly establishes a wireless hotspot to be connected by a faraway person. A product-supplied internet interface allows the hacker to record and log activity from the target device. According to Hak5, the keylogger logs up to 650,000 keystrokes. “It is designed for clandestine field use, with capabilities that increase remote control, stealth and avoidance of forensics, while changing your tools on fly swiftly.”

On YouTube there are several videos, which tell you how the whole process works. Here is one from tech vlogger David Bombal, for instance:

Of course, some quite unpleasant scenarios with this product might be imagined. All they actually need to do is wait till you walk to the bathroom in a caf√© and replace your genuine Lightning cable for the OMG. For a spy, they have to hack you. It’s a bit remote from there to return all your information to your own server.

Although its capability is limited in geographical area, it appears to be working rather far away. “In downtown Oakland, we have tested this and have been able to start payloads over 1 mile” said MG to Motherboard.

Yeah, impressive, but yikes, too. Simply put: keep your ports safe and secure.