Breaking Into a Laptop via Wi-Fi

Flaws in software that runs wireless-networking hardware could let attackers take over PCs, including Macs, Black Hat warns.

By Joris Evers Staff Writer, CNET

LAS VEGAS -- Flaws in the software that runs wireless-networking hardware could let an attacker break into a PC over Wi-Fi, security researchers warned Wednesday.

An attacker could gain complete control over a laptop by sending malformed network traffic to a vulnerable computer, David Maynor, a senior researcher at security service provider SecureWorks, said in a presentation at the Black Hat security event here.

Maynor, along with researcher Jon "Johnny Cache" Ellch, showed a video of a successful attack on an Apple Computer MacBook. However, the attack is possible also on other computers, both laptops and desktops, and not just MacBooks, the researchers said.

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Video: Breaking into a MacBook
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