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The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

by Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch

After I learned of this clever exploit from Samy Kamkar, my poor 2012 MacBook Air looks more vulnerable than venerable: Asleep on the table, its USB ports exposed, it could be hijacked in seconds by a malicious Raspberry Pi Zero called PoisonTap. No need for passwords, zero-days or million-dollar back doors — although a little social engineering to get me to leave the room might help. Continue reading The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

Hacker can backdoor your computer and router in 30 seconds with $5 PoisonTap device

by Darlene Storm, ComputerWorld

Samy Kamkar’s PoisonTap can leave a remotely accessible backdoor on your computer and router.

If you lock your computer and walk away, it takes only 30 seconds for a hacker armed with a small $5 Raspberry Pi Zero, which is loaded with devious code, to completely pwn your password-protected computer and install remotely accessible backdoors.

PoisonTap, the latest creation of hacker and developer Samy Kamkar, has a long list of wicked slick capabilities, including the fact that after an attacker removes the device from a USB port, a backdoor and remote access will persist on both your computer and your router. Continue reading Hacker can backdoor your computer and router in 30 seconds with $5 PoisonTap device