This is scary. From nearly a football field away, hackers can see what you're doing on your computer, take it over and remotely type into your PC or Mac to infect it with malware.
It's due to a flaw that's found in at least 1 billion computer mice, the devices you use to move your computer cursor around. The flaw involves encryption, which is a nearly impossible barrier for hackers to break through.
The problem is that there are so many manufacturers of wireless mice and many don't do much to keep you safe. There isn't an industry-wide standard for keeping your mouse protected. Note: This flaw is not found in wireless mice using Bluetooth technology.
Here's how hackers get in. The wireless mouse you use transmits radio signals from the mouse to your computer. If that signal isn't secure, and it's not on 1 billion mice, hackers can intercept it.
Worse, all they need is some basic computer coding skills and about $15 to buy equipment from a hardware store.
When hackers gain access to your PC or Mac, they can start typing onto it. But, get this. They can automate the typing up to 1,000 words per minute! Meaning, they can almost instantly infect your computer with malware.
We told you about MouseJack earlier this year, when it was newly discovered. However, now, Cybersecurity experts are warning that not nearly enough is being done by people like us or major corporations to combat this potentially massive attack.
In fact, in a recent study, it was found that 16 percent of wireless mouse users, or 160 million people, plan to continue using mice that they know are vulnerable to attacks.
Here's what you need to do:
1. Make sure your wireless computer peripherals use Bluetooth technology (see image below)
2. Make sure your Windows PCs and Macs are protected with a powerful Internet security system