Following the news of wireless keyboards being easy to intercept, David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab commented below.

David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab:

David Emm“The recent news of wireless keyboards being easy to intercept demonstrates that, while wireless products provide convenience, as with any digital device that is connected to the internet, if it isn’t secure it can be compromised and the data you transmit can be intercepted.

In this case, it would seem that none of the affected firms has taken measures to warn customers or take steps to secure the products – something that might not be possible anyway. Yet these types of wireless devices can be used as a vehicle for capturing confidential data that could be used to steal someone’s identity or gain access to their computer or network.

It’s vital that manufacturers of such devices consider security at the design stage, not least because trying to retro-fit security is likely to be a lot more difficult. It’s also vital the consumers consider the potential dangers posed by insecure wireless devices when making purchasing decisions.

If you are considering buying a wireless keyboard (or other wireless device), check that it includes security features that will safeguard any data you send or receive; and if you’re unsure, buy a wired device instead.”

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