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Bastille Finds Wireless Keyboards A Security Risk

American cybersecurity firm Bastille claims that most wireless keyboards are able to be listened in on with minimal effort.

The company says that data transmitted by approximately two-thirds of wireless keyboards is unencrpyted and able to be intercepted by hackers from up to 250 feet away.

To make matters worse, they advised that this vulnerability is hardware-based and unable to be addressed by a security patch.

According to researcher Marc Newlin, signals could be isolated and surveilled even if busy office environments using something as cheap as low tech as a USB-powered antenna.

They identified a number of manufacturers whose keyboards were found to be vulnerable, including Anker, EagleTec, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Insignia, Kensington, Radio Shack and Toshiba.

On the other side of things, the company highlighted Logitech, Lenovo and Dell’s wireless keyboards as markedly more secure.

They advised users stick with Bluetooth-connected or strictly wired keyboards to minimise their risk.

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