Today, electronic cigarettes are sold like hot cakes: they seem to be an effective tool for people willing to give up smoking. For those who have never seen an e-cigarette, it represents a personal vaporizer, a battery-powered inhalation device that serves as a useful substitute for tobacco smokers.
We don't know the genuine impact of e-cigs on our health, however, they are claimed to pose a real threat to our PC. How can these two be connected? The scheme is quite simple: to recharge the device, you plug it into a USB port without the undersense that malware components can be planted in e-cigarettes.
On Reddit, a user posted a report saying that his computer was infected with a virus: “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”.
As viable solutions, security consultants recommend purchasing e-cigs only by trusted manufacturers and employing up-to-date antiviruses.