If you’ve recently amassed a cryptocurrency fortune and need a secure phone to manage it, look no further than the SikurPhone.
Are you paranoid about security and sitting on a cryptocurrency fortune?
Brazilian company Sikur unveiled a phone with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday that might be just right for you.
The SikurPhone is the successor to Sikur’s GranitePhone, which it launched two years ago at the show. It offers the same supposedly “impenetrable security”, but with an updated interface and the ability to seamlessly store cryptos on Sikur’s secure cloud.
“Securely storing information on our devices is one of our strong points,” said Sikur SEO Cristiano Iop in a statement. “We succeeded with browser and messaging security. Then we asked, why not do it with cryptocurrency?”
Sikur claims its fully encrypted phone is “hack proof”, which feels like it’s just asking all hackers out there to prove it wrong.
To save them the trouble, Sikur challenged bug bounty company HackerOne to test the phone’s impenetrability over a two-month period. After putting the SikurPhone through rigorous testing, HackerOne told Sikur it hadn’t succeeded in cracking the device’s security.
November 07, 2017
“The right keyboard can make all the difference between a victory and a defeat in a video game battlefield.”
If you are a gamer, you can relate to the above quote.
But what if your winning weapon betrays you?
The popular 104-key Mantistek GK2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard that costs around €49.66 has allegedly been caught silently recording everything you type on your keyboard and sending them to a server maintained by the Alibaba Group.
This built-in keylogger in Mantistek GK2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was noticed by a few owners who headed on to an online forum to share this issue.
According to Tom’s Hardware, MantisTek keyboards utilise ‘Cloud Driver’ software, maybe for collecting analytic information, but has been caught sending sensitive information to servers tied to Alibaba.
After analysing more closely, Tom’s Hardware team found that Mantistek keyboard does not include a full-fledged keylogger. Instead, it captures how many times a key has been pressed and sending this data back to online servers.
The affected users also provided a screenshot showing how all your plain-text keystrokes collected by the keyboard are being uploaded to a Chinese server located at IP address: 126.96.36.199.
However, even if there’s no malicious intent, capturing and uploading keystroke counts without users’ consent violates trust and puts systems’ security at risk by leaking sensitive information.