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‘BadPower’ Attack Can Rig a Fast Charger to Melt Your Devices – PCMag AU

On some fast chargers, an attacker can exploit the read and write ability over the USB port to send malicious code to alter the charger’s firmware, according to researchers in China.



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A fast charger is supposed to replenish a phones battery in minutes. Just dont let a hacker mess the firmware, or the charger might cause your devices to catch on fire. 
Security researchers in China were recently able to infect a variety of fast chargers with malicious code to deliver more voltage than the connected device could handle. The overload caused the components inside the affected electronics to spark, sizzle, and melt. 
The findings come from Tencents Xuanwu Lab,…

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