Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Aug 2009 18:22 UTC
Apple Almost everything has a processor and/or memory chips these days, including keyboards. Apple's keyboards are no exception; they have 8Kb of flash memory, and 256 bytes of RAM. K. Chen has found a way to very easily install keyloggers and other possibly malicious code right inside these Apple keyboards (more here). Proof of concept code is here as well.
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You're right that this isn't exactly the end of the world. But it isn't a totally unreasonable thing for a bored hacker to do IN ADDITION to installing a standard software keylogger. If the attack installs a firmware rootkit in the keyboard, it would be tough to know about an eradicate since even a totally clean install would not get rid of it.

On another note, I don't think we have any reason to believe that this problem applies solely to apple. Other manufacturers probably also have firmware on their keyboards and perhaps they don't bother to implement a proper code-signing system on their keyboard microcontrollers (it would be prohibitively expensive probably).

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