New USBHarpoon attack installs malware through USB charging cable


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Originally published at: https://www.myce.com/news/new-usbharpoon-attack-installs-malware-through-usb-charging-cable-84978/

Security researchers have created a new version of the infamous BadUSB attack that was in the headlines in 2014. While BadUSB made use of USB sticks, this new version uses USB charging cables. The attack has been called USBHarpoon. Charging a smartphone through the USB port of a computer can be sufficient to become the victim of such an USBHarpoon attack.