Many wireless peripherals and computer accessories are vulnerable to attack. Evaluating their unique risks is a proactive step in securing corporate and work-from-home offices.
Wireless peripherals and computer accessories offer mess-free convenience in the workspace, allowing users to move keyboards and mice to a more comfortable or visually pleasing position or to switch between computers at the press of a button. However, unlike other types of USB devices that IT departments vet – such as USB flash drives, card readers, fingerprint sensors, and authentication devices – wireless keyboards and mice might not receive a high level of scrutiny.
Wireless devices typically are not chosen and used with security in mind, and a surprising number of wireless keyboards and mice affected by a class of vulnerabilities called MouseJack can enable attackers to fully compromise the computers these devices connect to. By understanding wireless keyboard- and mouse-related computer peripheral attacks, organizations can better choose the types of accessories they allow to connect to user workstations.