Today’s technology has made for some truly amazing spy tools that blend physical and digital hacking in ways that wouldn’t be out of place in a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie. CSO Online published a roundup of some of the most spectacular hacks possible today, like rigging fake GSM hotspots to man-in-the-middle company’s phone calls or planting tiny, high-resolution Wi-Fi cameras to record the combinations to keypad door locks. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Using a telephoto lens from up to 200-feet or a smartphone up close, attackers can turn a clear pic of a master key or high-security key into easy enterprise access, using a 3D printer to create the duplicate. With special software code like what two MIT students created for DefCon 21, criminal hackers can ensure that the necessary key measurements make it from the photo to the new key.
To be clear, most cybercriminals out to make a quick buck by swiping personal information don’t need to be this elaborate. Simple hacking tactics like phishing emails, fake Wi-Fi hotspots, or taking advantage of insecure networks are much more common. Basic cybersecurity best practices such as choosing strong, varied passwords, not clicking on suspicious links or email, and securely setting up your private and business Wi-Fi will help you defend yourself against the majority of internet threats out there.
Nevertheless, these high-tech heist tools are fun to read about, and they are a good reminder that very few things can be made truly secure.