turns out that even something as seemingly benign as your mouse can put your
personal information at risk. That’s according to a report by security firm
Bastille, which says that hackers could in theory take control of your computer
through its wireless peripherals.
hack, which the company calls MouseJack, affects nearly every wireless mouse
and keyboard on the market and could give a hacker complete access to your
personal computer or to the network at your office.
hack isn’t exactly sophisticated either. According to Bastille, all a would-be
hacker needs is about $15 worth of computer hardware, which he could then use
to send commands from his computer to yours.
hack works because while your wireless keyboard sends information in encrypted
form to your computer’s wireless dongle (so hackers can’t see what you’re
typing), your mouse doesn’t.
a result, hackers can send signals designed to perform keyboard commands to
your dongle. Those signals can then be used to hijack your system.