PoisonTap, a $5 Hacking Device That Can Prove to Be Costly

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Technology can be used for both good and bad. As cyber researchers and developers continue to develop state of the art security features, the same set of skills can be used to circumvent them as well. Samy Kamkar, a hardware hacker has proven it with his PoisonTap device.

The PoisonTap, comprising of a Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer along with a USB adapter, costing no more than $5 is capable of wreaking havoc. According to reports, the device with free to use software can be used to create a backdoor entry into any locked computer in less than 30 seconds. Effective against Windows, Linux and Mac OS based machines, the backdoor created by the device can be used by a hacker to intercept all unencrypted web traffic, steal HTTP authentication cookies to access private accounts and sessions from the compromised browser. In order to do that, all it needs is one open browser tab or a webpage loading unencrypted data (even ads).

Among various concerns about the potential misuse of PoisonTap by those with malicious intent, theft of Bitcoin is one. A hacker can easily make use of the compromised computer to log into the victim’s

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