Dubbed OMG Cables, these new variants are extra succesful than their counterparts. Based on their creator, payloads could be triggered from over one mile away. Attackers can use them to log keystrokes and alter keyboard mappings. There may be additionally a geofencing function, a kill swap and the power to forge the id of particular USB units, like these that may leverage a particular vulnerability.
Whereas it’s unlikely us random, generic folks will ever be the goal of instruments like this, there’s little question in my thoughts they’re getting used everywhere in the world to watch dissidents, spy on competing corporations, and so forth.