• Michael Weeding

Malware injection attacks


There is a new word on the street and it has had nothing to do with malware, until this week. The word is Vaping and it used to describe the electronic cigarettes that use a vapour mist. So why is Vaping now being used to describe malware injection attacks?

If there is one thing the digital age has given us it is the creative licence to take any word, or combinations of words and connect it to something digital. Words or phrases like Cookies, ping, realtime mean something very different today than they did in the past.

We love a good word so you have to wonder whether the reports describing how e-cigarettes have been found to contain malware that has infected their owners’ PCs when plugged in to charge is just a creative way to hijack the word.

Why?

Because it appears that while it may be possible to inject malware this way the general consensus amongst many of the security experts within discussion forums is that it is highly unlikely.

Although if you read mainstream media they report the opposite stating it is highly likely and that malware has been infecting USB devices for years. It not that malware cannot be found on a USB device but its ability to infect a computer automatically is probably what is being questioned?

I guess the lesson is that you should be careful what you stick into your mouth and your computer. It is also better to believe injection attacks can happen this way because it gives us reason to legitimately use the word Vaping to describe any type of malware attacks through any type of USB device from now and into the future.


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