As question over the side effects of e-Cigarette rage on, however, no one predicted that your computers health would be at risk from Vaping, smoking’s technology based evolution.
If you’re unfamiliar about how an e-Cigarette works, this battery powered device converts liquid nicotine into a mist or ‘vapor’, that gets inhaled. Charging of these gadgets usually happens though a specialty cable that connects by USB, many e-Cigarette plug directly into the computer to charge.
News of a e-Cigarette having malware hard-coded into the charger appeared on Reddit detailing how an executive at a “large corporation” discovered how he identified how his computer had become infected with malware.
“The executive’s system was patched up to date, had antivirus and anti-malware protection,” Reddit user Jrockilla explained “Web logs were scoured and all attempts made to identify the source of the infection but to no avail. 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 culprit was a $5 e-cigarette bought from eBay. The charger had malware hard-coded or built into the charger, and when connected to the computer it used the internet to ‘call home’ and download the malware.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve head of something like this happening, over the years Apple chargers from China have also come sporting such unwelcome extras.