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Apple Keyboard Hackable

Apple Keyboard Hackable

Ok, Apple fanboys. Your Mac can be hacked after all. A hacker by the handle of K. Chen has just demonstrated that a malicious code can be introduced into your Mac, by way of a firmware update. This is done via the HIDFirmwareUpdaterTool and let's face it, this is not an underlying file which can be detected via your anti-virus programs. But the twist to the story - the hacker is actually working with Apple to put together a fix for the exploit.

Engadget - As far as Apple is concerned, the Black Hat 2009 hackers conference didn't end soon enough. Having promptly patched the iPhone vulnerability, Cupertino is facing another security hole, this time in its keyboards. A hacker going by the pseudonym of K. Chen has come up with a way, using HIDFirmwareUpdaterTool, to inject malicious code into the keyboard's firmware. While it's not yet possible to perform this hack remotely, the fact it occurs at the firmware level means no amount of OS cleanser or anti-virals will remedy it -- which might be a bit of a bother to MacBook owners who can't simply swap to an uninfected keyboard. Panic is hardly advisable, as Chen is collaborating with Apple on a fix, but if you want to be freaked out by his simple keylogger in action, hit up the video after the break.

Check out the video demonstration of the hacking at work here.

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