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    Hacking via laser or electrical outlet?

    Yeah this is weird but the folks who figured out the how/what will be presenting on it @ Blackhat & Defcon in the coming weeks. I'm really interested in this sort of thing too.

    How to use electrical outlets and cheap lasers to steal data - Network World

    If attackers intent on data theft can tap into an electrical socket near a computer or if they can draw a bead on the machine with a laser, they can steal whatever is being typed into it.

    How to execute these attacks will be demonstrated at the Black Hat USA 2009 security conference in Las Vegas later this month by Andrea Barisani and Daniele Bianco, a pair of researchers for network security consultancy Inverse Path.

    “The only thing you need for successful attacks are either the electrical grid or a distant line of sight, no expensive piece of equipment is required,” Barisani and Bianco say in a paper describing the hacks.

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    Boarding up my windows and electrical sockets.

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    A hacker in Sweden demonstrated the hacking through electrical outlet thing with a Kitchen Maid mixed... Basically he hacked in through the power lines and turned it on... This was back in 1998-1999 IIRC...
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    Wtf....

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    anyone worried about this type of attack can make sure there is no line of sight to the laptop, move position frequently while typing and polluting the signal by striking random keys and later deleting them with the backspace key.

    While they admit their hacking tools are rudimentary, they believe they could be improved upon with a little time, effort and backing.

    “if our small research was able to accomplish acceptable results in a brief development time (approximately a week of work) and with cheap hardware,” they say. “consider what a dedicated team or government agency can accomplish with more expensive equipment and effort,”

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    remotely viewing keystrokes has long been possible, that's why any computer viewing classified intel is protected from it.

    i'm not sure what they think is new here, maybe their exact process?

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    I'm going to guess what's new is: no expensive equipment required.

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    soooo they can get info via the power outlet? How in the f@@k

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    that's kinda crazy
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