NOTHING IS NO LONGER SACRED IN THE HOLY LAND

The LED light blinks every time a program accesses a computer's hard drive. That means cyber predators can get into the hard drive through it.

The LED light blinks every time a program accesses a computer’s hard drive. That means cyber predators can get into the hard drive through it.

FRIGHTENING, BUT TRUE

Any passing drone can read your worst secrets — even if you aren’t linked to the internet.

Israeli Drone Can Read Your Computer’s Secrets

If your computer is “air-gapped” (i.e. not plugged into any network) it’s safe, right?

Well, as the Stuxnet virus that infected Iranian computers and destroyed their nuclear centrifuges showed — not so much. The real trick is to infect the air-gapped computer, and there are plenty of human weak links.

However, if the aim is to steal information, rather than just destroy hardware, software or data, things are trickier.

That’s where Mordechai Guri and his team at the Cyber Security Research Center come in. From the guys who brought you US Bee where malware causes a regular USB thumb drive to emit particular electromagnetic waves that another computer with a simple antennae can pick up and decode, comes LED-It-Go.

The system is outlined and contextualized in an article by Wired, but essentially, the malware convinces the blinking LEDs common to Windows system computers to blink super-fast and to reveal information to a drone with a video camera that is as far away as video contact can be effectively established.

So the wrong card in your computer and any passing drone can read your worst secrets — even if you aren’t linked to the internet.

Fortunately the security patch for this is as simple as a pair of scissors and some duct tape to tape over the LEDs. But next time might be more difficult.

2 Comments

  1. RoHa said,

    February 28, 2017 at 08:29

    Could you give me a clue as to what hat headline is supposed to mean?
    Logically, it means that something has become sacred, but the article seems to contradict that. (Nothing is sacred = there is not a sacred thing. Nothing is no longer sacred = it is no longer the case that there is not a sacred thing = it is now the case that there is a sacred thing.)
    Is the headline intended to mean ” there is no longer anything sacred in the holy land”?

  2. desertpeace said,

    February 28, 2017 at 10:21

    it means exactly what you said.


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