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Does anybody know what this is ?
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It has a USB male/female connector and was delivered with a mouse.

It can't be an extension, is barely 1 inch (2,5 cm) long.
It isn't a convertor, both ends are USB type A, just male/female. It would convert a female connector to a ... female connector. No gain.




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It looks like one of those KeyLoggers what was going around 2008 -2010  I think GhostKey had something like that..?

On a non paranoid note, I have seen similar and wondered about this myself, is this for some sort of adapter..?

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I have no idea what it is for. I was in the box with a mouse.
I googled "usb male female adapter type A" and found several examples. People are selling (and buying?) this thing, so I guess it must have any purpose.

ex. http://www.ecvv.com/product/3861618.html

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https://www.keelog.com/images/usb_hardware_keylogger_03.jpg

It's a keylogger. Where did you find it?
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I didn't find it. It was in the box with a mouse.

If it is a keylogger, what should I do with it ? What software to use ? Where does it stores the keystokes ?

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If it is a keylogger, what should I do with it ?


Connect it to your boss's computer

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It probably uses windows compatible software since most people would want to install it on a windows system.

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Some of them can be configured to email the captured info to you.   It's basically a trojan, iirc.
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Was the mouse a known brand name?  (MS, logitech, belkin, etc.)  You've got me curious, wondering if I can ping some of my contacts to find out more. 
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What does the mouse have to do with pinging contacts or a key logger?
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What does the mouse have to do with pinging contacts or a key logger?


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Enlighten me. What's the connection?
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I never would've thought it a keylogger....

I'd like to know what brand mouse it came with?


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I think that it just happened to be in a box with a mouse.  I don't think that it came with it from the factory.  AFAIK, the key logger would connect to the keyboard which is the stdin.
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Sometimes they are used because
A. The device gets pulled out a lot and this saves wear on the computer port as there is no friction lock on the extension.
B. The device gets hot and needs to be removed from the laptop enough for an air gap
C. Some muppet used a Dremel to shape a RJ45 to fit into a USB because he was told it was faster than 10Mb Ethernet. Apologies I can't find the picture, but trust me he's out there.


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Sometimes they are used because
A. The device gets pulled out a lot and this saves wear on the computer port as there is no friction lock on the extension.
B. The device gets hot and needs to be removed from the laptop enough for an air gap
C. Some muppet used a Dremel to shape a RJ45 to fit into a USB because he was told it was faster than 10Mb Ethernet. Apologies I can't find the picture, but trust me he's out there.



Wow.

I had totally forgot about A, but it's true; USB connectors were not originally designed for constant insert/remove.  They have a limited life of I forget what... but hey! ...Wikipedia remembers!!   [smile] 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Standard_connectors

"The spring contacts in the connectors eventually relax and wear out with repeated cycles of plugging and unplugging. The lifetime of a type-A plug is approximately 1,500 connect/disconnect cycles.[62]"

Good one, Joe

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Good call, Joe!  Wouldn't have thought of that.
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