Hacking your Office


You think about securing your laptop, but what about your desk phone, monitor, or printer? In this Motherboard episode, white hat hacker Ang Cui demonstrates hacks on “embedded devices”—objects that contain computing systems but that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as computers. At his office in New York, Cui shows us how he can turn an office phone or printer into a bugging device using a piece of malware he calls “funtenna.” This exploit makes the equipment transmit data over radio frequencies so it can be picked up by an antenna—without the hacker ever having to go near the device. It’s a pretty high-level hack, but as Cui says, if he’s thought of it, you can imagine someone else has

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