27 Jul 2016

WirelessKeyboardIf you are using a cheap wireless keyboard, you run the risk of having your passwords stolen. According to researchers at the security company, Bastille, there’s a security hole in millions of keyboards that can allow hackers see every keystroke from up to 100 meters away.

After testing wireless keyboards put out by a dozen manufacturers, they found that eight of those manufacturers had keyboards that were susceptible to attack, including ones from HP and Toshiba. The thing they all had in common was that rather than using Bluetooth, they sent information over unencrypted radio signals.

This isn’t the first time the security of radio signals have been brought into question. Bastille has previously found that over a billion keyboards manufactured by Logitech, HP, Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, and Amazon all could be controlled by a remote antenna. It’s also been shown that dozens of car models from brands like Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Audi, and Volkswagen could be unlocked using a radio amplifier, leading to the revelation in the first part of 2015 three quarters of all cars stolen in France were done so using this technique.

This new attack, called KeySniffer, intercepts information transmitted from the keyboard to its USB receiver and relies on parts that can be purchased for less than $100. It allows hackers the ability to steal usernames, passwords, credit card information, and any other sensitive personal data typed into an affected keyboard. There are industry standards when it comes to the security of keyboards that use Bluetooth, but the same can’t be said for ones relying on radio waves. Consequently, it’s up to the manufacturer to make those decisions, and very often their security is lacking.

If you want to use a wireless keyboard and are concerned about security, your best bet is to switch to one that relies on Bluetooth rather than radio waves. If you want to check the status of a keyboard you own now, here is a list of affected devices as of this writing:

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an Appointment

    Our clients are awesome!

    Based on 55 reviews.
    Jeremy Richards
    Jeremy Richards
    2020-03-13
    Petronella provides great advanced digital marketing and automation solutions for my business!
    Kate Swenson
    Kate Swenson
    2020-02-14
    Highly recommended for CMMC certification assistance! Excellent and affordable options for secure data hosting on local infrastructure. 5 stars!
    Tom Matzen
    Tom Matzen
    2020-01-25
    Petronella Technology Group helped us setup our sales and marketing automation, cybersecurity and compliance for our new Blockchain startup. Great to work with! Craig in particular really knows his stuff, can translate into non-tech speak, and has wisdom beyond his years. Highly recommend them.
    Justin Summers
    Justin Summers
    2020-01-14
    Craig is awesome! He is very professional and efficient with his work. I would definitely recommend Petronella Technology to anyone who needs state of the art service.
    Blake Rea
    Blake Rea
    2020-01-14
    Craig is an expert in his field. Impressed by his knowledge, A true pioneer in Cybersecurity. My business is safer thanks to Petronella Tech!
    Robert Friedman
    Robert Friedman
    2020-01-10
    For the last five years Craig has been the Contributing Editor for Cybersecurity for NC Triangle Attorney Law Magazine which I publish. His base of knowledge is always leading edge, pragmatic and early to understand for our readers who are not techies. He is patient and easy to work with.
    Tammy Everett
    Tammy Everett
    2020-01-10
    Craig Petronella, CEO of Petronella Technology Group provided the members of the Defense Alliance of North Carolina expert advice on cybersecurity and NIST compliance. Eye opening experience! Thanks so much!
    Julie Brown
    Julie Brown
    2020-01-09
    Craig and the Petronella Technology Group, Inc. team made HIPAA compliance for my small practice so simple and easy! They helped me with all of my HIPAA training, HIPAA Security Risk Assessment, Penetration Test, and HIPAA secure hosting so I can rest easy.
    Pivot Point
    Pivot Point
    2020-01-03
    Petronella Technology Group helped us with our marketing strategy for our new web startup. Awesome experience!!!!
    Richard Brunet
    Richard Brunet
    2019-12-30

    SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

    Make It Happen Now

    CLIENT SUPPORT

    Don't Feel Stranded

    CONSULTATION

    Get Best Advice

    PAYMENTS

    Make A Payment

    Top