Electronic cigarettes can be used to hack your computer and steal all your secrets – The Sun

HACKERS could use an electronic cigarette to crack into a victim’s computer and steal their most sensitive information.

All crooks need to do is add a small chip to an e-cig to turn into a digital lockpick capable of prising open targets’ systems.

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Electronic cigarettes are often seen as a safer alternative to smoking old-school fags

This tiny modification fools the computer into thinking a mouse or keyboard is attached, which makes the device drop its guard.

Once plugged into a computer, the booby-trapped electronic cigarette can inject a piece of “malicious code” which could order the computer to download dodgy files -letting digi-crims steal all the private information on their victim’s system.

Ross, a tech security expert, told Sky News that people should be wary of anyone who tries to put something nasty into their USB slot.

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