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Smoking will not only damage your health but also your computer, as e-cigarettes manufactured in China are reportedly being used to spread malicious software through the USB connection used to charge the device.
Finally after all traditional means of infection were covered, IT started looking into other possibilities. They finally asked the executive: ‘Have there been any changes in your life recently?’ The executive answered: ‘Well yes, I quit smoking two weeks ago and switched to e-cigarettes.’ And that was the answer they were looking for.”
The e-cigarette was found to have malware hard-coded into the charger, which “phoned home” and infected the system when plugged into the computer’s USB port.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
The US Government uses Dell computers. Where are Dell computers made? Not in the USA.
I'm sure that there is some kind of screening that goes on with all hardware for the military and government, but it would be pretty darn hard to go over it all with a fine tooth comb.
originally posted by: Hellhound604
Reading the article, I would think it belongs in the hoax-bin. There are no facts, no nothing.... A thing like that would just use the power from the USB to charge its battery, no enumeration, nothing. First bring me that e-cig so that i can analyze it for myself before I'll believe it.