Study: Wireless keyboards are insecure


We here at DTR HQ know how hard it is to resist the allure of a sleek, cordless desktop but if a recent study is to be believed, you might want to hold off on deploying those wireless keyboards in your organization, at least for the time being. According to a new whitepaper from Dreamlab, "27MHz keyboard insecurities," RF keyboard transmissions are anything but secure. In the whitepaper, researchers claim that the keystroke signals that are sent by Microsoft's popular Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 and 2000 products are encrypted with nothing more than a one-byte offset cipher--that means that the code can be cracked with less than 50 sample strokes. This, of course, opens up your machines to the possibility of wireless keylogging, which could reveal to the bad guys everything from your secure passwords to your embarrassing pet names for your wife. And lest you assume that other brands of keyboards are safer, Dreamlab is already at work cracking the security used by Logitech RF keyboards. Better stick with the wired kind, at least until this all gets sorted out, eh pookie?

For more on the whitepaper:
- see this Hack-a-Day article

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