Wireless mice and keyboards are a nice bit of convenience if you don't want to deal with wires, or if you want to use your computer at a distance. However, security firm Bastille, has found a way hackers can use wireless mice and keyboards to remotely hack a computer.
Basically, hackers can send packets of information on the same frequency your mouse or keyboard uses to connect with the USB dongle plugged into your computer. Those packet can trigger keystrokes, which let's hackers tell your computer to do something like download malicious software. This works on any type of computer and with most wireless mice and keyboards.
According to Bastille, this attack works from over 700 feet away, which is up from the 350 feet they started with. While it's mostly going to be a worry for companies, hackers could use it to attack entire neighborhoods if they wanted.
Logitech and Microsoft have both pushed out firmware patches to try and mitigate this problem. The updates either block keystroke data from coming through the mouse channel, or make sure that the keystrokes are from authorized gadgets.
However, this isn't a permanent fix. Plenty of lesser-known brands and older gadgets will still be vulnerable. How can you stay safe?
Upgrading to newer equipment is an option, although most people won't want to spend the money. It's also unclear what products have fixes and which ones don't.
Another option is to switch your PC over to a standard account. This will require your password before making any serious changes to your computer. That should block this attack in most cases.
It also helps to have strong security software installed that will block malicious files before they can run.