A researcher from SYON Security managed to create a modified USB charging cable that would allow hackers to transfer malicious programs to your computer without noticing it. Below this practice lies the famous BadUSB vulnerability.
Back to Black Hat Conference 2014, Encryption Specialists Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell they entered in the world the concept of BadUSB - a security flaw that allowed attackers to turn a USB into a keyboard, typing malicious commands through it.
With the USBHarpoon title, the cable is based on an alternate chip and a different firmware. The charging cable can also be used with many smartphones and other devices.
According to the German news site WinFuture, once the infected USB cable is connected via HID, the offender can send malicious code to the computer, such as Trojans or other viruses. The site reports that Windows, Linux and Mac are equally vulnerable to this attack.
Previously, the USB cable has stopped charging when applying BadUSB, which could put the victim in suspicion.
Vincent Yiu and his research team are working on a way to trigger the attack while the victim is away from the device.
While BadUSB is gradually climbing as one of the main cyber attacks, people are also discovering the corresponding firewalls to deal with these new types of attacks.