How to hack password-protected computers

Samy Kamkar’s new exploit, PoisonTap, uses free software and a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer. After attaching the Raspberry Pi to a USB adapter and plugging it in, the device goes to work. In all of 30 seconds, it bypasses your lock screen and begins installing a backdoor that works even after the device is removed from the USB port.

After plugging in the PoisonTap device, it begins to emulate an internet over USB device. Once detected, your laptop assumes it’s connected via ethernet, and begins to send all unencrypted web traffic to the microcontroller. Your existing Wi-Fi network’s security won’t save you, as the device tricks your computer into prioritizing its connection rather than the one you’re already connected to…

[Via: thenextweb.comthehackernews.com]

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