Who would have thought that a USB cable could be dangerous? A pair of computer science researchers have discovered a way to use that cable to attack smart phones or laptops that are attached to it, using an exploit that allows the attacker to take over when you’re syncing data or just charging your phone over the USB connection. Since a USB connection doesn’t require authentication, the software they developed can send commands to download malware or access files. It works against Macs, Windows PCs and Linux machines, and although Mac and Windows users may see a pop-up warning, the Linux OS gives no indication that anything is going on. The only working exploit they have so far is for Android.
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