Samy Kamkar, who is a well known researcher and hacking professional in the US, has just devised a new, quick-n-very easy new technology to hack any computer in only 30 seconds. And the technology cost all of $5.
Cheekily named PoisonTap, the device unveils further chinks in the digital security and privacy armour and has already worried protection and ethical hacking specialists in the world.
What is PoisonTap?
PoisonTap needs to be connected to a Raspberry Pi Zero device to work, which is the world’s smallest computer (it utilizes bare bones circuitry and costs simply $5).
PoisonTap is hooked up to the pc through the Raspberry Pi Zero device via ports inside the devices, similar to a USB would. Once connected, it can hack into almost any laptop/pc within the world.
Setting robust passwords will no longer assist. PoisonTap does not actually wreck or try to guess the password of the device. As a substitute, it bypasses the password altogether. Which means that the strength or simplicity of a device’s password would make genuinely no difference to PoisonTap’s functioning.
How does it hack computers?
The device uses free software to hack right into a foreign laptop via its USB port, but does act as a USB device. Alternatively, it provides itself to the host pc as an Ethernet interface.
When asked to be assigned an IP address with by using the host laptop (which routinely shifts from wi-fi to the ‘Ethernet device’ to store power), PoisonTap provides it with fictitious IPs seemingly linked to the LAN through the ‘Ethernet’. The host pc sends sensitive data to all of the fictitious IP’s.
Then it steals all HTTP authentication cookies which might be used at the computer to log in to non-public accounts, as well as session data from million of the web’s pinnacle websites. The tap is effective even after the device has been removed from the USB.
All this in half a minute.
What this video for a clearer picture:
How to protect your pc/laptop from PoisonTap?
Well, the truth is, you can’t really.
Inventor Samy Kamkar says:
“If I were Apple/Microsoft, i’d have network devices (actually, probably any USB device except a mouse or keyboard) ask the user if they need to allow it to function…as a minimum the first time it’s plugged in,”
Since there no way of preventing the assault, experts are urging computer users to now not leave their laptops and computer systems unattended. PoisonTap even hijacks locked computers.
Here are other tips to save to protect your computer include:
- Close the browser tab every time you leave your device. The tap can’t work unless an internet browser is open.
- Turn on Hibernate mode when away from the device.
- Keep clearing browser caches regularly.
- Disable the USB.
And if nothing works, carry your device on your person at all times, even when you go the bathroom.
Nothing is safe anymore!
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