Home » Uncategorized » Energizer’s Duo USB charger is infected with a trojan virus
energizer-vulnerability

Energizer’s Duo USB charger is infected with a trojan virus

Energizer Duo USB Charger

While you should certainly be careful about the kinds of websites you visit and the types of software you download from the Internet, it seemed safe to assume that plugging in a simple battery charger into your USB port would be perfectly safe. Apparently not and Energizer is to blame.

Not only has the Energizer Duo USB charger been less than a monumental success for the battery giant, it turns out that the monitoring software distributed with the portable charger is infected with a Windows trojan. A battery charger that has a virus…

According to Computerworld, the monitoring software contains “rogue code” that “listens for commands on TCP port 7777″ and it can “download and execute files, transmit files stolen from the PC, or tweak the Windows registry.”

So, just unplug the thing and call it a day, right? Apparently not. Even if you unplug the Energizer Duo from your computer’s USB port, the trojan continues to do its thing. It executes each time you turn on the PC and remains active until you turn off the PC.

Energizer is aware of the issue and is “currently working with both CERT and U.S. government officials to understand how the code was inserted in the software. Additional technical information can be found at http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/154421. “

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.