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Can your e-cigarettes be used to hack computers?

Can your e-cigarettes be used to hack computers?

Technology is amazing, but it can also be scary. With pretty much all electronic devices available to us today, we have to be careful, and now this even includes being careful with our e-cigarettes. About every device we use is being modified, developed and turned into some sort of electronic version of that said device. From note pads and calendars to palm pilots, from telephones to smart phones, from wristwatches to Apple watches, from credit cards to Apple pay and Bitcoin, and from cigarettes to healthier and most customizable e-cigarettes, there is always going to be new and innovative technology modernizing the devices we use.

No matter where we go the digital world we live in will only continue to surround us, and we will have no choice but to adapt, and part of this adaptation means staying informed and prepared for any of the possible cons involved.

So, what do we want you to know about e-cigarettes? A vape pen can appear to be simply charging when plugged into a computer’s USB port, but the recently discovered truth is that it could be compromising your computer’s security. Simple modifications to the e-cigarette device can turn it into a malware-welcoming system. As according to Sky News, during a presentation at BSides London, Ross Bevington displayed how the e-cigarette can be compromised and tampered with in order to intrude on your computer’s security. This modification involves installing a hardware chip into the e-cigarette which is able to fool the computer into thinking it is a keyboard, or by altering its network traffic. In this display given by Bevington, the computer had to initially be unlocked, but this isn’t the case for every attempted attack, as we can see by Bevington’s statement to Sky News that, “PoisonTap is a very similar style of attack that will even work on locked machines.”

Another example that was given, was that of the one by Twitter user, Fouroctets. He showed Sky News how he was able to give a command to the computer by adding a hardware chip that was altered with a pre-written script saved onto the vape. The pre-written script allocated commands to be given to the computer for Windows to open up the Notepad application and type the words, “Do you even vape bro!!!!” Obviously, this was a harmless example, but an example displaying that it is possible for the vape to have pre-written script saved that could command the computer to download harmful software. There are however limitations in that the e-cigarette does not give way for a lot of space in terms of hosting a particular code, but this doesn’t mean it can’t still do damage.

Overall, the message here is simply to warn you against plugging in another vapor user’s e-cigarettes. If you buy a used one, find a used one, or are asked to charge someone else’s, the lesson here is that you should avoid plugging it into your computer. At our trusted E cig shops in Arlington, we care about your vape safety. Visit one of our vape shops in Arlington today, and we can chat some more while you take a look at all that we have to offer.

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1815 E Abram St.
Arlington, TX 76010
(Temporarily Moved to Pioneer Location)
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(817) 542-0845
4758 Little Rd
Arlington, TX 76017
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701 East Pioneer Parkway
Suite B
Arlington, TX 76010
Phone
(817) 542-0845