Lightning cable that can hack your computer?

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You probably already know that plugging unknown USB flash drives into your computer is risky. There’s a chance that a malicious program could give a hacker access to your personal data. But now, it’s not just drives to be wary of. A security researcher has shown how USB cables, even ones that look like Apple’s Lightning cable, could hijack your machine.

Mike Grover, a security researcher who reportedly works for Verizon Media and goes by “MG” online, has developed modified Lightning cables that can hack someone’s computer, as first reported by Motherboard. MG sold a handful of the “O.MG cables” at the security conference Def Con, and is working with online security products store Hak5 to sell a version of the Lightning-lookalike cable for around $100, he hopes.

MG tells The Verge that his cables look and function like the standard Lightning cable you get with your iPhone. But MG hid software and hardware, including a wireless access point, inside its USB connector. When the cable is plugged into a computer, it can be triggered remotely to attempt to steal a user’s login credentials or install malicious software.

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