It's quickly becoming well known that e-cigarettes are better for your health than a normal cigarette, but did you ever think they would be bad for your computers? Electronic cigarettes have become the latest way for companies to attack you with malicious software, according to online reports.
“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, a security consultant for Trend Micro, says the story is entirely plausible. “Production line malware has been around for a few years, infecting photo frames, MP3 players and more,” he says. In 2008, for instance, a photo frame produced by Samsung shipped with malware on the product’s install disc.
I can't believe that this is a problem with consumer products today. I understand that the e-cigarette market isn't entirely established, but I would think that you could safely charge an e-cigarette without having to worry about malware!