Electronic cigarette; malware on USB charging

While it has not been proven that smoking or "evaporating" an e-cigarette can cause health problems, it seems that an indirect side effect of the habit can act as a lever for distribution. malware.
All these products have to be charged to produce the vapors that replace the smoke. In many cases, this can be done by connecting the device to the computer via a USB.USB charger malware

In a Reddit publication, a user describes how a security breach has been committed to a large company from a malware that entered a computer from the USB charging of an electronic cigarette manufactured in China.

It appears that the malware was hardcoded in the device's charger, so experts could not identify it. Whenever they cleaned the computer, the malware continued to exist.

With updated anti-malware and having all the usual protection methods, security experts were trying to find out how their systems were compromised. So they began to investigate changes that had taken place in their personal lives and could help them to understand the mystery.

When they learned that one of the group had quit smoking recently, and that he was using an electronic cigarette, the attacker became apparent. So, they realized they had infected systems even if they cleaned their computers. The electronic cigarette was connected to a remote server and downloaded the malicious software.

One way of protection for such dangers is to disable the data pins on the USB, which will allow only the charging and not the exchange of data.
To do this, you will need a USB condom (USB Condom), a device that connects to the USB port and prevents data exchange.

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