Here is a really interesting story about how a hacker could plant malware on your power adapter to make it explode.
Here are a couple of excerpts:
“Normally, when a phone is connected to a power brick with support for fast charging, the phone and the power adapter communicate with each other to determine the proper amount of electricity that can be sent to the phone without damaging the device—the more juice the power adapter can send, the faster it can charge the phone.
However, by hacking the fast charging firmware built into a power adapter, Xuanwu Labs demonstrated that bad actors could potentially manipulate the power brick into sending more electricity than a phone can handle, thereby overheating the phone, melting internal components, or as Xuanwu Labs discovered, setting the device on fire.”
You can read the full article on Gizmodo by clicking here.
How can you stay safe?
- Physical security remains the first line of defence for this type of attack. In order for this to work the hacker will need physical access to your ‘power brick’ in order to upload the malicious code. Do not allow anyone who you do not trust anywhere near your tech.
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