Vapes: the latest thing to be malwared!
Yes, despite being a healthier alternative to the actual fags themselves, e-cigarettes that are charged over night - or plugged directly into a USB port - can be moody affairs that could gain access to your computer's innards.
According to a report on Reddit, it suggests that at least one “vaper” had been done over by their electronic cigarette.
“One particular executive had a malware infection on his computer from which the source could not be determined,” the user writes. “After all traditional means of infection were covered, IT started looking into other possibilities."
“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.”
It's not completely mad. Things have been used as trojan horses to bung some infection into computers since time began, but in this case it's the possibility of BadUSB, which can reprogram USB devices at the hardware level.
The proper brands that users should stick to are the likes of Aspire, KangerTech and Innokin, and by checking for scratch checkers on the box, which mark out authentic goods from counterfeits.
According to figures from the Press Association, e-cigarettes and related equipment, have been involved in more than 100 fires in less than two years.
The fags eh?