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See this USB charger? It's recording your keystrokes

See this USB charger? It's recording your keystrokes
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You've scanned your computer for malware and received a clean bill of health, so you're safe, right? Not quite. A security researcher has recently developed a keylogger that's disguised as a wall charger and can record information from Microsoft wireless keyboards from a wall socket.

Samy Kamkar designed the KeySweeper gadget that just looks like black USB wall charger. The scary device can actually record everything you type on the keyboard like passwords, credit card numbers and more. It can even send text message alerts to the owner to let them know when you're typing specific words. That's useful if they're trying to steal passwords to specific websites.

The price of KeySweeper will depend on everything the owner wants it to do, so it could cost $10-$80. It can store keystrokes on the gadget or online.

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