$5 Tool Attacks Password-Protected Computers

Poisontap - SeniorDBA

A tool named PoisonTap, which runs freely available software on a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero device, intercepts all unencrypted Web traffic on the targeted computer. This includes any authentication cookies used to log in to private accounts. The device also installs a backdoor that makes the owner’s Web browser and local network remotely controllable by the attacker, and sends that data to a server under the attacker’s control.

Once the device is inserted in an unattended but locked Mac or PC (it hasn’t been tested on a Linux machine), it attacks the browser cache with malicious code that lives on well after the tool is removed. That makes this hack perfect for infecting computers while they are unattended in a public location.

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