We are back and ready to Launch our second campaign on Kickstarter for a new and improved version of our original Charge Only USB adapter. Last year we ran a very successfully campaign where we raised about 150% of our initial goal and almost double that in pre-order after the campaign was closed. Feedback was positive on all counts.
For those not familiar with LockedUSB Adapter, The device is a small adapter that allows portable devices to fast-charge at their maximum rated current, while keeping the data lines completely isolated.
LockedUSB Adapter MK2 is much smaller than it predecessor, it’s only 1.5” long by 0.7” wide, making it the smallest USB Charger firewall in the market; while still keeping its internal dedicated controller. LockedUSB Adapter MK2 will fully comply with FCC Part 15 (On the US) & CE (in EU), you will have the peace of mind that the adapter will be thoroughly tested by a certified 3rd Party Certification House. It will not interfere with any of your other devices. It will ship in a fully retail ready package, sealed and protected with a 1 Year Limited Warranty.
Last year researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology produced fake chargers, they’ve named Mactans, that do more than just charge your phone. They install custom, malicious applications onto iPhones and gain access to all of your personal data. Last month Security Experts said, “There is no quick fix for BadUSB Hack”. BadUSB, a critical security USB flaw identified earlier this year, can be exploited by hackers using practically any USB device. Recently experts published it’s code online, and the issue is spreading like wildfire. LockedUSB Charger Firewall was designed specifically to protect you from this alarming development.
LockedUSB MK2 can keep your devices protected. It allows charging of your devices at the maximum rated current while no data communication is exchanged, this mean that no possible hack can infect your host device (Laptop), and also no information can leave your mobile device. LockedUSB MK2 have no internal firmware, everything is handled by hardware so it is not vulnerable to any programing hacks.
We are getting everything ready to publish our press release in CrowdFundingPR very soon, so stay tune for that.
LockedUSB Adapter MK2 Kickstarter Campaign will go live on November 13th. 2014
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BadUSB, a critical security USB flaw identified earlier this year, This Flaw can be exploded by hackers using practically any USB device. Experts have published its code online recently and the issue is spreading online like wildfire.
BadUSB can turn a user’s keyboard, mouse, storage device, network device, game controller, or any other USB device into a cyber threat. The versatility and broad compatibility of the USB technology is also what made it vulnerable to hack attacks, with a USB device’s controller chips being very easily reprogrammable.
The ubiquitous USB drive has always been a potential threat to any computer that it plugs into, as malware can live on it just as easily as it can on a hard drive.
What makes the most recent news disconcerting is that an attack being called BadUSB is both undetectable and relatively unpatchable, meaning there is no easy way to fix it.
Traditional security scans such as an anti-virus program are completely useless against this threat because the infection is in the device itself, not the storage area. The threat was first revealed in August by Karsten Nohl at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference. Nohl demonstrated how BadUSB can corrupt any USB device with malware that is both deadly and undetectable.
This fix would require manufacturers to fundamentally change how they create devices, which likely will take a while.
LockedUSB Charge Only USB Adapter can help keep your devices protected, it allow charging of your devices at the maximum rated current while no data communication is exchanged, this mean that no possible hack can infect your host device (Laptop), and also no information can leave your mobile device.
You can learn more about LockedUSB Adapter, at www.lockedusb.com
he USB Promoter Group has announced that the greatest invention in the known universe — the reversible Type-C USB connector — is finally ready for mass production. The USB Implementers Forum will now take the Type-C spec and start building devices, cables, and adapters that support the new reversible connector. We could begin seeing Type-C USB devices over the next few months, but considering the lack of backwards compatibility (an adapter is required), and the fact that the existing Micro-USB connector is mandated as the standard mobile phone charging connector by several governments around the world, it may take a little while for Type-C to reach critical mass.
The reversible Type-C connector is roughly the same size as the existing Micro-USB connector at the bottom of your smartphone, but it’s reversible. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be new USB cables that have a Type-C connector at both ends, finally giving consumers the feeling that they are the ones in charge, not some pesky cable. Just take a moment to imagine it: In a few months, you’ll be able to grab a USB cable and just plug it inwithout a care in the world. I’m not entirely sure why we had to wait 15+ years for such a breakthrough, but I’m glad we’re finally there.
Read more at http://www.extremetech.com/
When creators of the state-sponsored Stuxnet worm used a USB stick to infect air-gapped computers inside Iran’s heavily fortified Natanz nuclear facility, trust in the ubiquitous storage medium suffered a devastating blow. Now, white-hat hackers have devised a feat even more seminal—an exploit that transforms keyboards, Web cams, and other types of USB-connected devices into highly programmable attack platforms that can’t be detected by today’s defenses.
Dubbed BadUSB, the hack reprograms embedded firmware to give USB devices new, covert capabilities. In a demonstration scheduled at next week’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, a USB drive, for instance, will take on the ability to act as a keyboard that surreptitiously types malicious commands into attached computers. A different drive will similarly be reprogrammed to act as a network card that causes connected computers to connect to malicious sites impersonating Google, Facebook or other trusted destinations. The presenters will demonstrate similar hacks that work against Android phones when attached to targeted computers. They say their technique will work on Web cams, keyboards, and most other types of USB-enabled devices.
“Please don’t do anything evil”
“If you put anything into your USB [slot], it extends a lot of trust,” Karsten Nohl, chief scientist at Security Research Labs in Berlin, told Ars. “Whatever it is, there could always be some code running in that device that runs maliciously. Every time anybody connects a USB device to your computer, you fully trust them with your computer. It’s the equivalent of [saying] ‘here’s my computer; I’m going to walk away for 10 minutes. Please don’t do anything evil.”
Read more at Ars Technica >>>
LockedUSB adapter USB Hardware Firewall can keep you safe from hacking, since its controller does not required any firmware, all it is done using embedded hardware. Check it out.
LockedUSB Adapter allows portable devices to fast-charge at their maximum rated current, while keeping the data lines completely isolated and Hackers away from your personal data. LockedUSB adapter has a dedicated controller chip and current limiting power switch. An auto-detect feature monitors USB data line voltage, and automatically provides the correct electrical signatures on the data lines.
Jun. 14, 2014 – ATLANTA — LM Engineering Designs LLC, an Atlanta-based startup, provided just that with their new device called LockedUSB adapter (https://www.lockedusb.com)
It allows any portable device to fast-charge at their maximum rated current, while keeping the data lines completely isolated. To cover production costs, the company successfully raised 150% of their goal, on Kickstarter.
LockedUSB is an innovative, Patent-pending, USB adapter with a dedicated controller chip that allows portable devices to fast-charge at their maximum rated current while keeping the data lines completely secure.
Public charging stations are becoming more and more popular everywhere you go. Unfortunately, Identity Theft, Government surveillance, “rogue” and unstable chargers, are also on the rise. The inspiration behind the product came when the designer searched the internet to find a firewall device, or specialized cable, that would provide the security he was looking for, and to his surprise there was nothing out there that offered secure charging capabilities. “I wanted to make a simple adapter, which I could use my own device’s cable, and have peace of mind that my personal data and information was secure” said Leonardo Matute, Senior Hardware Designer. “I have designed a compact USB adapter that completely disconnects the data lines, while simultaneously providing the maximum allowed charging power so I can charge-up quickly and safely”
Users feedback had been incredible:
“Used it in several airports and it passes charge and blocks data. does the job efficiently. I have it attached to the end of my primary charging cable for my phone. Love it.”
“Thanks guys for the well managed project and keeping us up to date with regular updates each step of the way… I like the carry case you included, and it seems well made (used good quality plastics). I agree it is larger than I thought it would be, but that isn’t a deal breaker for me … Main thing is that it stops data transmission!!!
LockedUSB is now available through their website at www.lockedusb.com/
To find out more, head over to LockedUSB Adapter’s website
It took a little longer than expected, but we are now ready to start shipping your LockedUSB Adapter. We’ve had a few challenges that caused some delays. The shipment took longer than anticipated getting through customs. However, we have now received all the units. After a quick mechanical inspection, and an electrical test, we will start shipping right away.
We truly want to Thank You for your patience. Expect your LockedUSB Adapter to be in the mail starting next week.
Here is some of the feedback we have received from our Beta Testers thus far:
“Used it in several airports and it passes charge and blocks data. does the job efficiently. I have it attached to the end of my primary charging cable for my phone. Love it.” – Dave Graham
“I LOVE it!!!! I do a lot of traveling and this device is small and convenient. I’ve used it in my car…and it charged my IPhone5 much quicker. Love that!!! Also the 3in1 cable is so convenient and looks classy, too. …Thanks for a great product!” – Memory Heslam
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Thanks for all your Support,
LM Engineering Designs LLC Team