We’ve long since been told to be leery of inexpensive third-party phone chargers and USB cables due to their inferior quality. In recent years, we’ve also been warned about the potential for security vulnerabilities related to such devices.
Back in 2019 at the annual Def Con hacking conference, a security researcher who goes by MG showed off an Apple Lighting cable that looked and functioned as if it had been pulled right out of a box in an Apple retail store.
Hiding inside the cable, however, was a tiny bit of additional hardware capable of creating a Wi-Fi hotspot. An attacker within 300 feet of the cable could use that hotspot to remotely hijack a victim’s computer.