It’s called PoisonTrap and it’s a system that in seconds will infect your device and allow cyber criminals to manage your computer remotely.
Do you remember the movie a few years ago with Nicolas Cage, out in 60 seconds? Now let’s lose the theme fast cars and think about your computer. There is a new virus that can completely infect your device in less than a minute. And it only costs five bucks.
PoisonTrap infects your computer in a minute. This new device was designed by one of the most famous hardware hack designers in the world, Samy Kamkar. It manages to evade most of the device’s security systems as a password or two-step authentication. The cyber criminal is about 30 to 60 seconds alone with the computer to infect your device. Be very careful when leaving your PC unattended at work or in the library. To infect your computer The hacker will use a tool defined PoisonTrap inserted inside a small Raspberry Pi Zero, which costs about 5 dollars, and that will connect via USB to your device.
How the PoisonTrap works
Once connected to the computer the PoisonTrap does not advertise itself as a USB device but as an Ethernet interface. At this point, even if the PC is connected to Wi-Fi the PoisonTrap will convince the system to support you as a priority line for the connection. This will work in a similar way to a hacker man in the middle attack. From here on the cyber criminal, without us noticing anything, will be able to steal all our data, our credentials on bank accounts and know all the information about our presence on the net.
Our device will be remotely managed
If we fall victim to an attack like this, the bad guy will be able to manage a large part of the local network and the browser remotely, thanks to a backdoor that a person without experience in the field could not recognize. Obviously you do not need the Raspberry Pi Zero with PoisonTrap remains connected to do all this. Kamkar has also made it known that this type of virus is incredibly resilient and manages to evade most of the security systems. On all also two-pass authentication of bank accounts.
How to defend yourself from PoisonTrap
At this point the question that will be arisen to many is: how can I defend myself from this new hacker attack? Kamkar says that there is no simple solution, especially for users who do not have great knowledge about it. But there are some tricks that will make it harder for the hacker to infect our device. First we choose, when we leave the PC even for minutes, the hibernation function rather than suspend. Because so we’ll suspend every process. We never leave a page of an open browser when we are not close to the computer. With patience and frequency we empty the browser caches. Or simply disable the USB ports. Although it is a little practical solution.
Who is Samy Kamkar?
Samy Kamkar is an engineer and as we said one of the most famous hack designers in the world, especially with regard to the creation of low cost viruses. He’s a researcher and he doesn’t do it as a criminal activity. Among his inventions there is, for example, MagSpoof a system that is able to guess all the details of a credit card starting from only some account data. Then he created RollJam which is able to unlock virtually any car or garage. And finally among the most famous there is also KeySweeper, a program that steals password disguised as a USB loader.