Energizer battery charger contains backdoor

This is pretty crazy.

“An attacker is able to remotely control a system, including the ability to list directories, send and receive files, and execute programs. The backdoor operates with the privileges of the logged-on user.”

When you buy off-the-shelf peripherals such as this, it’s easy to assume they have been tested and are safe, and wouldn’t normally pose much of a security risk to your computer.  Remember, however, that Humans made them, and so they are still subject to the same flaws (or subterfuge) that something you download from the Internet is.

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is the Application Security Engineer at a cyber security research and development firm. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from web developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.
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