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.

Microsoft unveils Vista-inspired Wireless Laser Desktop 7000

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Clearly the chaps at Microsoft must be using a different version of Vista to me, because right now the only keyboard design Vista is inspiring me to make is one that I can twat them over the head with. New Windows meant new law suits fancy functions which I’ll begrudgingly admit that while being a massive drain on the system do look rather snazzy.

Naturally you’ll want a keyboard and mouse that complement this sleek design and so Microsoft is providing the goods with the latest Wireless Laser Desktop 7000. The keyboard part is an ultrathin Comfort Curve design (read: the keys are aligned in a sort of bend). It’s a 2.4GHz wireless model and comes with the already available 7000 wireless rechargeable mouse.

Logitech unveils Vantage headset and cordless keyboard for PS3


Logitech has announced its Cordless Vantage Headset (pictured) and Cordless MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth Keyboard for the PlayStation 3.

The Vantage Headset allows gamers to chat wirelessly, via Bluetooth, in-game and during voice chat sessions. It provides native PS3 support so is ready to simply plug and play, and features an adjustable noise-cancelling microphone for reducing background noise. It features a built-in rechargeable battery giving up to 12 hours of use per charge.