A security researcher has developed hacked Lightning wires that allow someone to take over a laptop as quickly as they are connected to a Mac or PC.
Although the first version was a one-off, it has now been shown by the researcher — known as MG — that they can be produced by factory.
Over the summer, Motherboard had a handmade cable demo, checking it did what it claimed, and reporting on the recent developments after an online chat with MG.
This does not mean that the hacked Lightning wires are placed into mass production, and one hopes that MG will be responsible for who he will allow them to be purchased, but it does demonstrate that these devices can be produced on a scale. For example, $200 per cable would be a small amount to be paid to a nation state that wanted to do something like getting them included in international conferences ‘ goodie bags.
It highlights the significance of never borrowing a cable from someone unless you trust them, and never plugging a USB key from a source that is unknown. As these doctored wires have it, MFi branding is no guarantee. Either buying official Apple cords or other known brands, such as Amazon Basics, is always the safest bet.