Hardware-based hacks are on the rise yet again, a former Israeli intelligence officer and longtime cybersecurity expert Yossi Appleboum told CyberNews.
In the last 15 months, experts saw what they call a dramatic increase in rogue devices. They can be anything from a simple USB stick, a wired keyboard, or a Raspberry Pi pocket-sized computer modified to help criminals hack into an organization. As a result, companies’ information can be leaked. It can be hit with ransomware or distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
Recently, Bleeping Computer ran a story about scammers sending fake replacement devices to Ledger customers exposed in a recent data break. Ledger is a hardware crypto wallet. In December 2020, the data for over 270,000 people who purchased a Ledger device was published on a hacker forum. Scammers used this leak as a pretext to send new hardware wallets to Ledger customers claiming they are more secure. Only it was designed to steal and not to protect.