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'MouseJack' Attack Bites Non-Bluetooth Wireless Mice
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dritchie
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dritchie,
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2/23/2016 | 9:46:15 AM
Broken Link
Link to "list of Vendors" is broken (https://www.darkreading.com/admin http://www.mousejack.com).

Trying to use just the www.mousejack.com sends to a Login Page with no ability to register or anything.

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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2/23/2016 | 10:10:06 AM
Re: Broken Link
Thanks for letting us know. Link is working now!
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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2/23/2016 | 3:05:53 PM
Unencrypted
Is there any justifiable reason as to why any communication/data transmission should be unecrypted nowadays?
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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2/23/2016 | 3:10:18 PM
Re: Unencrypted
No one knows for sure why they didn't encrypt here--maybe a shortcut, maybe cost, etc.--but it just goes to show that even the benign things like a wireless mouse can be exploited. 
Dr.T
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2/24/2016 | 2:23:47 PM
Re: Unencrypted
Additional cost and performance is my guess. There is always cost of decryption when you do encryption.
Dr.T
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2/24/2016 | 2:22:04 PM
Re: Unencrypted
One thing I could guess, old legacy devices would not be talk to the new devices if they utilize a new encryption.
Dr.T
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2/24/2016 | 2:19:26 PM
Vulnerability vs. attacks
 

We may be taking things too far from time to time. Not all vulnerabilities will be exploited easily. It would be perfect if do not have a vulnerability but not all vulnerabilities will be resulting into attacks.
Dr.T
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2/24/2016 | 2:24:19 PM
Encryption is not optional
As article mentioned main issue is unscripted communication, solution is easy encrypt it. There should not be any unscripted communication between two devices in this word.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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2/25/2016 | 12:55:32 AM
Thought experiment
I'm curious to see when/if there will be a response by states with strong privacy system/data protection laws like Massachusetts amending their regulations to govern behavior not just of companies that actively store resident PII but also vendors that substantially participate in their respective jurisdictions.

Such regulation could have huge ramifications.  The problem, however, is that it would be difficult to enforce without the guidance in crafting the regulations by top InfoSec and data-protection experts.

And, unfortunately, few InfoSec people are also lawyers -- and lawyers are usually the ones drafting these things.


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