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These legit looking iPhone cables allow hackers to take charge of your computer

When they said you should be wary of third-party accessories and unbranded cables for charging your smartphone, they were serious. And the latest example of what a cable that isn’t original can do, should be enough to scare you. There is apparently a Lightning Cable that looks just as harmless as an iPhone cable should. But it has a nasty trick up its sleeve, which allows a hacker to take control of your computer, the moment you plug this in to the USB port. This cable has been dubbed the OMGCable.

A security researcher with the Twitter handle @_MG_ took a typical USB to Lightning cable and added a Wi-Fi implant to it. The moment this gets plugged into the USB port on a PC, a hacker sitting nearby with access to the Wi-Fi module hidden inside the cable can run a malicious code and take charge of a PC or remotely access data without the user even noticing.

“This specific Lightning cable allows for cross-platform attack payloads, and the implant I have created is easily adapted to other USB cable types. Apple just happens to be the most difficult to implant, so it was a good proof of capabilities,” said MG, as reported by the TechCrunch website.

The thing with phone charging cables is that no one really gives them a second look. You see one, you plug it in and you let it be. At the same time, a lot of users are wary about using USB drives, also known as pen drives or thumb drives, because they are popular as carriers of malware and viruses that can pretty much ruin your PC.

Apple’s Lightning Port to be Switched by Android-Style USB-C type on the New iPhone 11?






It’s in the air that there’s a strong chance of Apple abandoning its Lightning port for a USB-C type charging port with its next iPhone.

As quite strongly established the “Lightning” had been a key feature since 2012 and if Apple follows through, the old cables would become superfluous.

A “Screengrab” of the new recovery mode screen in iOS 13 (the next version of Apple’s iPhone software) kind of confirms the deal.

Apple has already undertaken the USB-C cables for its iPad Pro. The change if executed on the phones will lead to all the current chargers going down the drain lest to be used for the new phones.



The iPhone 13 download isn’t absolutely out in the open yet but, it will be officially released in September along with the fresh and new iPhone 11. Fans can obviously access a beta version of it via the Apple websites.

Along with the change in cables, reportedly, the common iTunes icon will also no longer be there and could be replaced by an icon of a “laptop”.

In the older versions of the OS, the cable would point to the iTunes logo during a restore from the computer. But now, it shows a generic silhouette of a laptop.

Also, iTunes could now be split into Music, Podcasts and Books.



The USB-C type is a standard connector for several Android phones and laptops and is inherently being use by Samsung , OnePlus and Google Pixel in some of their phones.

Original Apple chargers sell for around $25 and the copies are available for quite a low amount. But, for quite some time now USB-C has made quite a fan base.

These C type cables allow the devices to charge way faster than any other older type of cable could as it allowed only a limited amount of power in.

After iPad Pro being released with the C-type port Apple enthusiasts had been hoping for a similar change and feature availability in the new iPhones.


Apple has come a long way since it ditched the 30-pin connector in 2012 and embraced the “Lightning” port.

But should the port be changed the older adapters and chargers would all be rendered redundant. The users sure have raised a few complaints before the Apple Launch event.