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Computers now hacked without Internet

(TIMES OF ISRAEL) — Cutting off the Internet won’t keep you safe from long-distance hackers, Ben Gurion University researchers discovered. Using a technique called air-gap network hacking, all a hacker has to do is implant the right kind of malware into a cellphone that gets within range of a computer.

Hackers on the other side of the world could use cellphone-based malware to remotely access any data they want, using the electromagnetic waves emanating from computer or server hardware, with no need for an Internet connection.

The hack isn’t new, according to Prof. Yuval Elovici, head of BGU’s Cyber Security Lab. The technique was used to attack Iranian servers in the Stuxnet hack attack. What’s new is the use of a cellphone to do it.