A new Vice report highlights how a regular-looking Lightning cable can hijack your Mac.
At the Def Con hacking conference, a security researcher named MG demonstrated how a modified Lightning cable can give users remote access to a Mac. Vice report said it's like being able to sit at the victim's computer.
MG entered the IP address of the fake cable into his own phone's browser and was presented with a list of options, such as opening a terminal on my Mac. From here, a hacker can run all kinds of tools on the victim's computer.
The cables are so compelling that not even your computer will notice that something is wrong when connected. MG said hackers can control a computer connected to one of these cables from up to 300 feet away.
"One idea is to take this malicious tool, called O.MG cable, and switch it to a target is legitimate," Vice said. "MG even suggests giving the malicious version as a gift to the target – the cables even come with some of the right packaging that holds them together."
MG said that the plan is to make these cables, which have been created by hand, a legitimate security tool, making it more of a proof-of-concept rather than an actual threat. If you are looking for a lightning cable, check out our guide.
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