German security researchers have discovered that USB-connected devices have a fatal flaw. Anything that connects via USB can be reprogrammed to pose as another device.
That means a stranger’s USB stick could dupe your computer into thinking it’s a keyboard, then type in certain commands and quietly take control of your laptop.
Or it could pose as a network card, rerouting your Internet traffic so everything you do can be spied on.
Identity theft, bank fraud, extortion — you name it. Anything follows. And any talented computer engineer can tamper with a device’s firmware to dupe a computer. More