CTRL-ALT-LED: Leaking Data from Air-Gapped Computers Via Keyboard LEDs

  title={CTRL-ALT-LED: Leaking Data from Air-Gapped Computers Via Keyboard LEDs},
  author={Mordechai Guri and Boris Zadov and Dima Bykhovsky and Yuval Elovici},
  journal={2019 IEEE 43rd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC)},
  • Mordechai GuriB. Zadov Y. Elovici
  • Published 1 July 2019
  • Computer Science
  • 2019 IEEE 43rd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC)
Using the keyboard LEDs to send data optically was proposed in 2002 by Loughry and Umphress [1] (Appendix A). In this paper we extensively explore this threat in the context of a modern cyber-attack with current hardware and optical equipment. In this type of attack, an advanced persistent threat (APT) uses the keyboard LEDs (Caps-Lock, Num-Lock and Scroll-Lock) to encode information and exfiltrate data from airgapped computers optically. Notably, this exfiltration channel is not monitored by… 

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