I bought a wireless keyboard and mouse from a no-name brand (made in China) with a USB receiver. I'm currently wondering if the USB receiver could be compromised in a way, that my computer could get infected with malware or that allows someone to gain access to my computer.
Should I be more careful with such USB sticks? How can I check if the USB receiver is clean? I'm not sure if I should use the keyboard/mouse, am I too cautious?
I quote from an article:
"If your mouse has programmable memory, like a gaming mouse that allows you to program macro buttons, the mouse itself could store and spread malware.
To make matters worse, there are no known defensive mechanisms when it comes to attacks through USB devices. The reason is that all of that well-paid-for malware detection software you purchased can’t detect firmware that is running on USB devices.
The good news is there isn’t really any monetary gain in creating viruses that specifically target hardware like computer mice, but malware can have an effect on the drivers that mice utilize, and this may result in hardware issues like key-swapping or keys not working."
Would you agree with that analysis?