11 September 2016

The future of corporate cyberwar

"...white hat hacker Ang Cui demonstrates hacks on “embedded devices”—objects that contain computing systems but that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as computers.

At his office in New York, Cui shows us how he can turn an office phone or printer into a bugging device using a piece of malware he calls “funtenna.” This exploit makes the equipment transmit data over radio frequencies so it can be picked up by an antenna—without the hacker ever having to go near the device."
For example, you email a resume to a company. When the resume is viewed on one of their computers, code in the resume rewrites the firmware on their printer, which then morphs company telephones into transmitters.


1 comment:

  1. So the hack is, essentially, to exploit the fact that all electronic devices generate some sort of electrical interference, and then to modify that interference intensity to transmit information?

    Okay ...



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