The Month: New threat to businesses emerges

Share this article:

A new threat to businesses has emerged from an unlikely quarter: peripheral devices. Researchers have warned that so-called JitterBugs could be implanted in a keyboard or mouse, which would then covertly transmit user keystrokes.

The name comes from the method the devices use to transmit the stolen data in "jittery" chunks by adding a tiny processing delay after a keystroke.

A US graduate student, Gaurav Shah, built a version using simple components.

"This is spy stuff," Shah told reporters. "Someone would need physical access to your keyboard to place a JitterBug device, but it could be quite easy to hide such a bug in plain sight among cables, or replace a keyboard with a bugged version."

"Although we do not have evidence that anyone has actually been using JitterBugs, our message is that if we were able to build one, so could other, less scrupulous people," he added.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

Judge lifts stay but Microsoft won't hand over emails during appeal

A judge has lifted a suspension of a previous order compelling Microsoft to hand over customer emails stored on a server in Ireland.

Security foundation also warns of Netis router backdoor

Trend Micro first alerted the public to the backdoor affecting Netis and Netcore brand routers.

FBI, Apple investigate celebrity photo hacking incident

FBI, Apple investigate celebrity photo hacking incident

Reports surfaced that iCloud vulnerabilities may have allowed hackers to obtain personal photos, including nude images, of over 100 celebrities.