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Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: numbered
Date: October 09, 2019 04:38PM
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Soon it may be easier to get your hands on a cable that looks just like a legitimate Apple lightning cable, but which actually lets you remotely take over a computer. The security researcher behind the recently developed tool announced over the weekend that the cable has been successfully made in a factory.

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It charges phones and transfers data in the same way an Apple cable does, but it also contains a wireless hotspot that a hacker can connect to. Once they've done that, a hacker can run commands on the computer, potentially rummaging through a victim's files, for instance.

He calls it the O.MG cable.

Don't let's be borrowing lightening cables at the airport any more.
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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: October 09, 2019 06:11PM
Wrap it in tin foil.
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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: October 09, 2019 07:59PM
Another reason why Apple has been doing s/n in their cables.



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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 09, 2019 08:05PM
Soon to be known as the O.MG, I've Been Hacked cable.

Has anybody here ever taken Lightning cables from a stranger?

The real issue is buying cables from untrusted, non-vetted sources like— AMZ, for instance.


"Apple recommends using only accessories that Apple has certified and that come with the MFi badge."

Not particularly confidence inspiring.




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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: testcase
Date: October 09, 2019 09:01PM
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macphanatic
Wrap it in tin foil.

For this to work, you also have to be wearing your tin foil hat......
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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: October 10, 2019 12:10AM
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RAMd®d
"Apple recommends using only accessories that Apple has certified and that come with the MFi badge."

Not particularly confidence inspiring.

Why?
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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 10, 2019 01:56AM
Why?

Because a bad actor can counterfeit any MFi badging/endorsement.

So I'll either by direct from Apple or an Anker product, at least for Lightning cables.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 10, 2019 07:10AM
From the description, it needs to be plug in to the computer to work. Just don't plug into your computer with a non-Apple purchased cable and the issue is resolved.



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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: October 10, 2019 02:01PM
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RAMd®d
Why?

Because a bad actor can counterfeit any MFi badging/endorsement.

Okay, probably true.

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So I'll either by direct from Apple or an Anker product, at least for Lightning cables.

Agreed.
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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: datbeme
Date: October 10, 2019 05:51PM
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Article Accelerator
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RAMd®d
Why?

Because a bad actor can counterfeit any MFi badging/endorsement.

Okay, probably true.

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So I'll either by direct from Apple or an Anker product, at least for Lightning cables.

Agreed.

You mean direct from Anker as well, right? Or should we keep rolling the dice at Amazon.
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Re: Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 11, 2019 01:31AM
You mean direct from Anker as well, right?

For these cables, yes, directly from them.

AMZ has had a poor batting average with a lot of counterfeit products, in particular, Mophie battery backs.

I think AMZ is pretty safe with other Anker stuff, but for Lightning cables, it Apple and Anker direct.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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