Wonderful Engineering

USBDriveby Is A Necklace That Can Hijack Your Computer In 60 Seconds

Perhaps the most iconic scene from every spy movie is the use of a magic gadget that allows the hero to hack into the villain’s computer. Fancy and fictional stuff, right? Wrong! Say hello to Samy Kamkar who is the master behind projects such as conquering MySpace that happened back in 2006 and SkyJack, a drone that is capable of hijacking other drones. He has recently released a video that shows a ‘necklace’ capable of pulling some really nifty and horrifying feats.

It is called USBdriveby and is basically a USB-powered microcontroller affixed onto a chain. It has been modified so that it is capable of taking advantage of security flaws in your computer’s USB ports and all that it requires are about 60 seconds to infect your computer.

What does it do? Let’s take a look;

So, basically, in under a minute this gadget is capable of hijacking your computer, disabling a number of security layers while doing so and cleaning up its mess as well. It leaves the computer with an open connection for all sorts of remote manipulation even after it has been removed from the USB port.

Although the video talks about OS X only, Kamkar has stated that the process is quite ‘easily extendable to Windows or linux’. The frightful fact? There’s isn’t much you can do to protect yourself from such attacks except for guarding your USB ports.