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E-cigarettes may be the latest security hazard.

A Reddit user recently reported one of his executives had a mysterious malware infection on his computer and eventually, they found that his e-cigarette was the source.

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.”

Many users charge personal devices by plugging them into their computers increasing the security risks from common USB threats.

Listen to our latest security slice podcast and hear VERT security researchers Tyler Reguly and Craig Young discuss the why company policies need to adjust to factor in USB threats, why malware-laden consumer devices are nothing new and a surprising low-tech solution for USB security.

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