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I had a question regarding the use of Wireless mice and security. In general which method of using a wireless mouse is considered more secure, using a mouse with a USB dongle, or using a mouse that can be used directly with a computer that has a wireless card over bluetooth? In the past, I've heard of attacks geared against major PC peripheral brands that use a USB dongle, that can be performed from across the street of the target. On the otherhand I've also heard of Bluebourne and how it can discover a device's bluetooth band and intercept packets. In most cases, which method of connectivity would be considered more secure from an every day, practical standpoint?

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    bluetooth is maintained; patched frequently/as needed, others systems may or may not be, and attacks on proprietary devices may be less known but possible. – dandavis Apr 2 at 16:51
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Bastille, the company that popularized the attack you talked about in your question, has a site that lists the affected devices. https://www.mousejack.com/

Bluebourne and what devices are affected is listed here. https://armis.com/blueborne/

Patch your system and try to select a device that is not on either of those lists.

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It's incredibly hard nowadays to intercept and attack device bluetooth. It's constantly changing channels as well as it's encrypted and, especially with a mouse, there's a low attack plain with the device. The most they could intercept from your mouse, worst case scenario, is the movements.

  • Not that hard. As @Putvi answer says, mousejack is a viable attack that leverages the HID interface to inject keystrokes. – ThoriumBR Apr 1 at 20:32
  • That's wireless, non-bluetooth, devices. I specifically was talking about bluetooth. – Crumblez Apr 1 at 23:16
  • OP is specifically asking about wireless mouse. – ThoriumBR Apr 2 at 13:00
  • OP specifically asked about Bluetooth versus wireless mice. > using a mouse with a USB dongle, or using a mouse that can be used directly with a computer that has a wireless card over bluetooth – Crumblez Apr 2 at 13:18
  • Thanks for this comment Crumblez! – GBBrian Apr 3 at 22:48

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