Culver City (CA) - The fiber optic lines that crisscross the world’s oceans could be vulnerable to hackers according to the CEO of InfoGuard, a network security company. At the recently completed InfoSecurity conference in Europe, CEO Thomas Meier demonstrated that fiber optic lines could be hacked by simply bending the cable and then attaching a coupling device.
According to Techword , Meier claimed that hackers could extract data and even record Voice over IP conversations without being caught. Fiber optic lines carry data as pulses of light and those pulses can leak out if the cable is bend at a high enough angles. The hack is difficult to detect since most of the signal still gets to the other sides.
Why would a security company show off such a vulnerability? Coincidentally, Infoguard sells a fiber optic encryption box that can protect both ends of a fiber optic link. Their EtherGuard1 and EtherGuard10 can encrypt 1 or 10 gigabit per second fiber optic lines with AES encryption. The company claims the device induces very low latency and features automatic key exchanges without slowdowns.
There’s nothing like showing off a problem and then selling something to fix it.