Use a wireless mouse on a laptop? For $15 investment, a hacker could access your data

Use a wireless mouse on a laptop? For $15 investment, a hacker could access your data

They broke in like it was nothing. They could have wiped my hard drive, stolen my files, or practically anything nefarious you can do with a computer.

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All because I had a wireless mouse dongle plugged into my laptop. And all they needed was a simple antenna that costs as little as $15 at Amazon.

Thankfully, “they” were a pair of security researchers from a company called Bastille, and every company that builds wireless mice and keyboards has already been alerted to the issue. If you have a Logitech Unifying receiver, there’s already a fix. (Here is a link to a patch provided to us by Logitech:RQR_012_005_00028.exe.)

But if not, you too might be vulnerable to this technique. They’re calling it a “Mousejack.”

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