“Depending on the speed of the attack and how closely the victim is paying attention, it can happen pretty quickly,” Marc Newlin, one of the researchers, told Threatpost. He goes on to explain that an attack via the dongles can pack keystrokes equivalent to 1,000 words-per-minute typing and, ultimately, install a rootkit on your computer in 10 seconds. So, even if you're paying attention to what's happening on your screen, you could be screwed before you even realize it.
The good news is that at least one of the device manufacturers, Logitech, has responded to news of the vulnerability with a firmware update that will prevent such attacks. The bad news is that you may be among the millions of people using a mouse and keyboard vulnerable and unable to receive an update, and one of these simple attacks could compromise entire corporate networks, according to Threatpost. Obviously, the only solution is to throw your mouse and keyboard in the garbage and refuse to do any more work until your IT department replaces them. Or something like that.