Crappy Wireless Keyboards Could be Giving up All of Your Secrets

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Step away from the wireless keyboard. Researchers have discovered a serious security flaw in eight popular models, allowing hackers up to 100m away to record every single button you hit.

They ‘KeySniffer’ attack essentially gives up all of the information you type to the last key, including passwords, email addresses, payment information, porn searches and the opening lines of your debut novel.

Bastille, the company that found the security hole, says the issue affects wireless keyboards that use radio signals, rather than Bluetooth. Attackers can intercept the communications between the keyboard and its USB receiver, and all that’s required to pull off the hack is equipment that costs under $100 (£76).

Hackers can even type on dodgy models remotely, which would allow them to recreate that classic scene -- no, not that one -- from Ghost.

"When we purchase a wireless keyboard we reasonably expect that the manufacturer has designed and built security into the core of the product," said Marc Newlin, a researcher at Bastille, which has published a handy list of keyboards to avoid.

  • Anker Ultra Slim 2.4GHz Wireless Compact
  • EagleTec K104
  • EagleTec KS04 2.4 GHz Wireless Combo
  • General Electric 98614 wireless
  • HP Wireless Classic Desktop wireless
  • Insignia Wireless Keyboard NS-PNC5011
  • Kensington ProFit Wireless
  • RadioShack Slim 2.4GHz Wireless
  • Toshiba PA3871U-1ETB wireless

Rather than copying and pasting everything from now on, we'd recommend unhooking your current keyboard, getting in touch with the manufacturer and investing in a better one. [KeySniffer via Telegraph]