On 2021 Sep 03, Your Name wrote
(in article <sguge4$1evq$1...@gioia.aioe.org
As the vast majority of keyboards (Mac and Windows) are either wireless
(usually Bluetooth for Mac, usually IR for Windows) or have the USB cable
permanently attached, you _can’t_ just slip a cable in for a keyboard. This
_especially_ applies to iPad keyboards; the only iPad keyboard that I’ve
ever seen which isn’t Bluetooth has the Lightening cable hardwired in. Same
for mice, trackpads, trackballs, etc.Devices like graphics tablets often have
detachable cables... but they’re usually microUSB to USB A cables. Almost
all Lightening cables ain’t gonna cut it. (It’s non-trivial to find a
cable which will work with, say, a Wacom One and an iPad. Better to use an
Apple Pencil directly on the iPad, even if Pencils are bloody expensive. The
few cables which will do the job are closely monitored.)
No, detachable cables usually go with storage devices... and there are damn
few cables for attaching external storage to iPads.
You _can’t_ just slip a spy cable in... it won’t bloody work. Except,
perhaps, as a power cable or to connect a device to a computer.
> > Does the spy cable look like my regular cable?
> Yes. It can be made to look like any ordinary cable, including those
> from specific manufacturers such as Apple, IBM, etc.
Power cables, and cables to connect iPads etc to computers are kept locked
away so they won’t get lost, in the same filing cabinet containing the
power bricks. At the office the cables and bricks are labeled, you’re
supposed to take cable C1 and power brick P1 at the same time. At home
they’re in a drawer, also to keep them from walkies. At the office the
cleaning and security staff have no access to the filing cabinets; they
_can’t_ play with cables. At home, _I’m_ the cleaning and the security
> > What if I don't use a cable to connect much of anything except my
> > headphones... and the cable for the headphones is attached to the
> > headphones, and the adaptor for that cable travels with the headphones.
> It probably wouldn't take much for some nasty person working at these
> manufacturing companies to slip a similar device into cables shipping
> with products.
So now they’re shipping froim the factory... which means that they have NO
FUCKING CLUE WHERE THE THINGS GO, WHEN THE THINGS ARRIVE, WHAT THE THINGS ARE
ATTACHED TO... You’re gonna spray and pray, eh? Good luck with that.
> The reality is that this particular one and the ones before it are
> keystroke recorders, so only really an issue if using it with a
> keyboard (including wireless ones if you stick an wireless adapter in
> the end of the cable or a hub connected via the cable) or potentially
> when diasy-chaning devices ... you can't record keystrokes from a
> product like headphones that don't send keystorkes.
> > A new, unrecognized, unrequested USB cable suddenly appearing on my
> > desk at the office would be regarded with extreme suspicion. At home,
> > well at home only two people buy computer equipment, and neither of us
> > leaves random cables
> > around.
> > No, I wouldn't use it at all.
> As above, someone like a nasty repair technician or housekeeper could
> easily swap the cables without you ever knowing.
Nope. Not if there’s anythiung vaguely approaching proper physical