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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 9, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    Energizer charger infects PCs

    Ciara O'Brien

    This is a new one on me. Apparently, Energizer is responsible for exposing customers who bought a simple USB battery charger to a Trojan.

    Confused?

    Apparently, the charger allows you to view the battery charging status on a computer if you installed a piece of software. Unfortunately for Energizer, the Windows version of the software had a vulnerability in it that allows unauthorised remote system access.

    The flaw has been highlighted by the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), who advised users to uninstall the software.

    Red faces for Energizer, which has discontinued the charger and says it is investigating how the code got into the software. Its statement on the matter is here.

    • kynos says:

      I got one of these in Tescos there few months ago. Brilliant little item. Little green thing cost me about 30 notes; plugs into the USB on my Mac and there’s a dashboard widget tells you how long there is to go before the batts are recharged. Never run out of juice for my wireless mouse and keyboard and digital camera that all ride in my backpack with my mac and the AA and AAA cells last three to five times longer than their non-rechargeable equivalents. Get 380+ shots on the cam vs. 120 from an ordinary batt Yet again it seems clear that if you don’t packamac you leave yer windows wide open. I don’t use it on my PC laptop glad now that I didn’t. Seems a shame to discontinue a good bit of kit for the sake of a bit of dodgy code why don’t they just issue an update and let all their users download? Waste. Hate tha.

    • I bought a mobile phone with internet access on two keys which i rarely used.The other day i did a pre use check on credit on prepay and after only a slight touch on this key i was being hit for almost €1 per day every day since i bought it.That was many months ago.I’m with o2 phone is lg 501i.How many others have been caught this way.

    • Hugh says:

      Never mind that. When will Apple release the new MacBook Pros?