OCT 24, 2023
The O.MG Cable: A Hacker's Weapon in Plain Sight
A hidden threat: How an ordinary-looking iPhone or Samsung charging cable can be used to hack into your devices.
An O.MG cable looks like an ordinary charging cable.
And this makes it a dangerous tool.
⚠️ Because once connected to a mobile device, the O.MG cable can be used by black hat hackers to access information or deploy malicious programs. ⚠️
Learn About the O.MG Cable Features
The more you know, the better you will be prepared to avoid hacks and scams.
So, the more you know about the O.MG cable the better you will prepared to avoid bad actors using one of them to hack your devices.
The following is an extract from the O.MG cable product webpage, and describes the O.MG cable capabilities:
- Easy WiFi Control: Full control with your web browser. Desktop or mobile
- Keystroke Injection: Instant DuckyScrip payloads. No compiling, just click run!
- Lots of Payload Slots: The basic model comes with 8 slots. Elite has extra storage allowing up to 200 slots!
- Global Keymaps: With 192 keymaps already built-in, you can target machines across the world.
- Built-in IDE: The WebUI not only provides 100% of the controls but also gives you helpful feedback to catch syntax errors while building payloads.
- Mobile Payloads: Cables with USB-C active end, or Directional C to C, can automatically transmit to mobile devices with USB-C connectors. Connect just the active end!
- Stealth: The implant stays dormant until the payload is deployed. The cable behaves just like a normal USB 2.0 cable (5V charging, 480 mps data transfer)
- Hardware keylogger: Elite models contain a passive hardware keylogger designed for FullSpeed USB keyboards with detachable cables. Store up to 650,000 keystrokes, For tested keyboards ...
- Convert Exfil: Send data from the host back to O.MG cable over a convert channel.
- Air Gap Coms: Setup a bidirectional tunnel from Target Host > O.MG > Control machine
- Networked C2: Manage your O.MG cables with network attached C2 server
- Self-Destruct: Make your legal team happy by ensuring payloads & loot are gone, and the O.MG cable is fully inert (recoverable with O.MG Programmer)
- Geo-Fenscing: Trigger payloads or other actions based on location. Keep your tool from falling out of scope! Ex: self-destruct if someone takes the O.MG cable home.
- WiFi Triggers: Trigger payloads at long range with a single beacon.
Protect your assets from all types of hacks. The more you know...
Now, you don't need to know what a 'Convert Exfill' or a 'Networked C2' is.
But after reading about the O.MG features it must be relatively clear that this cable/device has powerful capabilities and in the hands of a bad actor can be used to 'easily' hack your phone, tablet, or mobile device.
Think Twice Before Borrowing a Cable From a Stranger... or Get Hacked
An O.MG cable is not precisely cheap. At the moment of writing this article, one O.MG cable does cost approximately 180 USD.
If a bad actor wants to use a cable to hack into your device, this person is not just going to buy a bunch of cables and leave them lying around.
The chances for success, or finding a suitable target, are extremely low and not worth the investment: Would you spend thousands of USD buying several cables just to leave them around with a possibility lower than 1% of finding a suitable target?
This approach would be just a big waste of money and time...
Instead, think about scenarios where an O.MG cable can be used against you. For example:
- A casual friend, who in reality is a black hat hacker, may loan you the cable for a short period of time so you can power your mobile phone in case of an emergency. Son if you are a casual traveler or a backpacker, think twice before using a cable that someone 'kindly' has loaned to you for a short period.
- If you are a well-known crypto user, who has made the crypto portfolio public, you may be the target of a well-planned attack to get hold of your crypto assets. In this case, an individual or a group will be willing to give you an O.MG cable or swap your existing cable, because you are a valuable target. And, for the hackers, the probability of success and high reward is quite probable.
- And, who knows, maybe you come across a mobile phone charging station that kindly provides power and all sorts of cables. How nice of them and how handy...
How to Identify an O.MG Cable
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