e-cigs can now give you malware

E-cigs, or e-cigarettes, seem to be the newest attack vector for infecting PCs with malware. According to an article in The Guardian, there has been a report of an e-cigarette user’s PC getting infected with malware by charging the e-cigarrete “The made in China e-cigarette had malware hardcoded into the charger, and when plugged into a computer’s USB port the malware phoned home and infected the system”. Rik Ferguson, security consultant for Trend Micro, says that the story is plausible  “Production line malware has been around for a few years, infecting photo frames, MP3 players and more”.

What this means for users of e-cigarettes is, take precaution when buying one, only buy from trusted manufacturers, and run up-to-date anti-malware.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/21/e-cigarettes-malware-computers