E-Cigarettes Leads To Malware

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E-Cigarettes Leads To Malware. Electronic cigarette manufacturers may have highlighted its numerous benefits to let you lead a healthy, stress-free life, what they certainly did not highlight was that the device can be used for malware distribution as well.

Electronic cigarettes, popularly known as e-cigarettes, produce vapors simulating smoke of a real cigarette and to do this the device needs to be charged. And in most cases, the charging is done through a computer via a USB connection.

The IT experts discovered that the charger of the e-cigarette was compromised and the moment it was connected to the computer, the malware would connect it to a remote server and download the malicious software.

To avoid such risks, it is advised to disable data pins on the USB and keep only cable charge to prevent any information exchange between the devices it connects.Alternatively, use a USB Condom, a gadget that connects to USB and makes data pins ineffective.

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William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

One thought on “E-Cigarettes Leads To Malware

  • November 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    I don’t know if this applies to Blu, but I used them and they come with a wall charger adapter that the USB device plugs into to charge the battery component of their system. I use that method to charge rather than the computer, and would suggest that everyone do the same. My reasoning was simply that laptops have a limited mumber of USB ports, so I can’t see giving one up to charge a cigarette.

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