Wireless keyboards: gateway to your life?

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Quick, go and grab your wireless keyboard and snap it in two, Chuck Norris stylee, using your knee. It’s a security threat and destroying it is your only chance of salvation.

Well, maybe I’m being a little bit dramatic but I’m leaving nothing to chance following Symantec’s announcement today that wireless keyboards could be susceptible to cyber badies.

It all follows the release of a software project named Keykeriki which was developed by Remote-Exploit.org. The purpose of it was to help “every person verify the security level of their own keyboard transmissions, and/or demonstrate the sniffing attacks” and was intended “for educational purpose(s) only” according to their website.

The only problem is that the nasty criminals can use these keyboard sniffers to record what users are typing (cleverly, it has to be said) by analysing the electromagnetic signals produced by each keystroke.

Basically it means that, in theory, criminal masterminds could prey on you without having to install anything on your computer. Scary stuff, eh?

Symantec are saying that this could lead to encrypted signals being sent from wireless keyboards in the future. For now, they are urging wireless keyboard users to go back to using wired keyboards.