Modified Lightning Cable Gives Hackers Access To Your Apple Devices

You’d think that you can safely rely on Apple’s Lightning cables to not only charge iPhones, iPads and iPods, but also to transfer files between them and a computer. But with recent revelations, you probably should be careful about the Lightning cable that you use. Vice reports that a security researcher called MG turned one into a hacking vector.

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This is done by implanting additional components to the standard Lightning cable. The modifications are undetectable, and the modified cables – dubbed O.MG cables – are indistinguishable from the standard ones. Devices the cable is plugged into won’t be able to tell the difference either, until the hacker pulls the trigger.

OMG! 2 months + 8 devs + O•MG Cable = malicious wireless implant update!

This update brought to you by the chaos workshop elves: @d3d0c3d, @pry0cc, @clevernyyyy, @JoelSernaMoreno, @evanbooth, @noncetonic, @cnlohr, @RoganDawes

More info: https://t.co/kkhUppsqiC#OMGCable pic.twitter.com/fIzOaKJSxL

— _MG_ (@_MG_) April 12, 2019

MG demonstrated this by plugging an O.MG cable into an iPod and a Mac, with both exhibiting expected behaviour. He then types the IP address of the modified cable on his phone’s browser, and is then presented with a list of hacking options. One of these include opening a terminal on the connected Mac.

From this demonstration, the addition made to the Lightning cable made it emit its own WiFi hotspot. While a direct connection requires a hacker to be within about 90m of the cable, it could also be modified to act as a client for nearby wireless networks. This lets the hacker connect to the O.MG cable from just about anywhere in the world.

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(Source: MG via Vice)

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