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Made in China e-cigarette apparently can also be infected by malware

It seems everything that is connected can suffer from malware attacks, including... e-cigs!
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 23, 2014 1:16 pm

The rise in popularity of e-cigarettes in the United States and Western Europe has led to the potential of malware infection from e-cigarettes made in China, according to recent reports. Cybercriminals have become more creative in their attempts to compromise devices, and ensuring devices from Chinese production facilities are pre-loaded with malware has become increasingly popular.

 

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"The Made in China e-cigarette had malware hardcoded into the charger, and when plugged into a computer's USP port the malware phoned home and infected the system," according to a report posted on Reddit.

 

Trend Micro security consultant Rik Ferguson seems to agree with the assessment: "Production line malware has been around a for a few years, infecting photo frames, MP3 players and more. For consumers it's a case of running up-to-date anti-malware for the production line stuff and only using trusted devices to counter the threat."

NEWS SOURCES:Theguardian.com, America.aljazeera.com

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