Why you should really, really update your Logitech wireless dongle

Three and a half years ago, a security researcher broke into my laptop without ever needing to touch it. He didn’t even need its network address. All he had to do was sniff out my Logitech wireless mouse’s tiny USB receiver, fire off a few lines of code, and start typing things that appeared on my screen. He could have wiped my hard drive, installed malware, or worse, much as if he’d had physical access to my PC.

It was the kind of hack I’d laugh at in a terrible hacker movie — the kind that seems too convenient* to actually exist.

But when I wrote about the so-called “MouseJack” hack in 2016, I figured that was that. I’d given the issue attention in a major technology news publication, lots of people were reading about it, and…

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