A new cyber attack which can mimic a user’s personalised keystroke characteristics

SciTech Europa | June 06, 2019

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) cybersecurity researchers have developed a new cyber attack which can mimic a user’s personalised keystroke characteristics. The cyber attack, called Malboard, evades several detection products because they are designed to continuously verify the identity of user based on personalised keystroke characteristics. Dr. Nir Nissim, head of the David and Janet Polak Family Malware Lab at Cyber@BGU, and a member of the BGU Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, said: “In the study, 30 people performed three different keystroke tests against three existing detection mechanisms including KeyTrac, TypingDNA and DuckHunt. Our attack evaded detection in 83% to 100% of the cases.” How does it mimic personalised keystroke characteristics? In this cyber attack, a compromised USB keyboard automatically generates and sends malicious keystrokes which mimic the attacked user’s personalised keystroke characteristics. Usually maliciously generated keystrokes do not match human typing so they are easily detected. However, Malboard using artificial intelligence to generate commands autonomously and in the style of the user to inject the keystrokes as malicious software into the keyboard. The keyboards used to test this attack in the research were products by Microsoft, Lenovo and Dell.

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Cyber security – defined as the protection of data, networks and systems is a critical issue for Industry and Government. Almost every business relies on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its data. Protecting information should be at the heart of the organisation’s security planning. With the growing volume and complexity of cyber attacks, ongoing consideration is required to protect sensitive business data and personal information, as well as safeguarding national interests.

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Cyber security – defined as the protection of data, networks and systems is a critical issue for Industry and Government. Almost every business relies on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its data. Protecting information should be at the heart of the organisation’s security planning. With the growing volume and complexity of cyber attacks, ongoing consideration is required to protect sensitive business data and personal information, as well as safeguarding national interests.

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