Google Makes an Open-Source Tool for Linux to Avoid USB Keystroke Attacks

    Date 12 Mar 2020
    Posted By Brittany Day
    USB Keystroke Injection Attacks Min

    A day after researchers declared Linux having more vulnerabilities than Windows, Google now makes a free tool to be used by Linux systems to avoid potential USB keystroke attacks. The software would be running background to monitor any suspicious activities from a plugged USB, and notify a user about potential attacks. This was published by Google in its GitHub for Linux PCs.

    USB keystroke attacks could be bad, if not worse. Though it’s hard for an attacker to achieve this feat, once a thumb drive is directly plugged into PC, that would give the attacker full admin privileges for exploitation. This was succeeded by the US against Iran’s nuclear plans in the past. Thus, such attacks top have the potential to exploit very badly.

    Now, Google made software that’s more like the first level of defense, which helps users to sense any potential attacks. As the software, called USB Keystroke Protection aims for alerting the user rather than completely vanishing it. It’s more like a precaution rather than a cure. Yet, it’s useful for at least knowing the incoming threat.

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