The Universal Serial Bus (USB), introduced in the 1990’s,
has lived up to its name in becoming the world standard for connecting peripheral
devices to computers.
The newest iteration of USB, Type-C, is even the exclusive means of connecting to new Apple MacBooks and Google smartphones.
Unfortunately, due to its popularity USB is also a popular target for attackers,
who have incorporated USB devices into threats ranging from social engineering to signal injection.
The goal of our research into space is to better understand the increasingly-complex threats posed by USB peripherals
and to develop effective defenses against these attacks.