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Singapore Accused of Trying to Hack Kim-Trump Summit Journalists’ Data using Mini USB Fan

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In what is perhaps one of the biggest conspiracy theories to hit the Kim Jong Un – Donald Trump summit, Singapore has been accused of attempting to hack data of reporters using a mini USB fan.

The fan was part of a goody bag given to some 3000 accredited journalists who covered the historic meeting yesterday (12 Jun).

Inside the goody bag were also things like bottled water and a Sentosa guidebook.

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Some journalists who posted pictures of the goody bag, fan included, on social media were met with warnings not to plug the fan into their computers.

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Cyber security expert, Professor Matthew Warren from Deakin University said that the fan “certainly can be a security risk”.

“The idea of the USB is a way of connecting devices to computers, and either exchanging data or drawing power for operations. The problem is, there’s been a number of examples where USB devices can be hijacked and malicious code can be put on them.”

Security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell demonstrated at a Black Hat Conference in 2014 how USB devices can be used to can “completely take over a PC, invisibly alter files installed from the memory stick, or even redirect the user’s internet traffic,”

Of course, the seemingly innocent USB fan could be a device aimed at helping journalists beating the searing Singapore heat rather than a malicious data-theft tool.

Because, you know, Singapore treated journalists pretty well during the summit, stuffing them with a tasty spread of local food such as kaya toast, chicken rice and laksa…

 

 

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