Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Public charging stations can infect smart phones

Public charging stations for smart phones can conceal microcomputers built with firmware to spread viruses, it was disclosed recently at a Black Hat convention in Las Vegas.  The story is reported in the New York Daily News here

The viruses could make incriminating of illegal phone calls automatically, or could try to steal banking information.
  
Could public charging stations for electric cars or hybrids transmit viruses to auto ignition and safety systems?  

The idea of a "phone virus" in the 1997 novel "The Trojan Project" by Minnesota libertarian novelist Edmund Contoski is starting to make sense with smart phone trojans.  

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