Hackers have found a way to set fire to fast-charging smartphones remotely


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Hackers have found a vulnerability in the fast charging devices of gadgets, which allows them to remotely disable smartphones and even cause them to catch fire.

The vulnerability is called BadPower. It is reported that the device can be hacked both with direct access to it using a special device, and remotely using an electronic terminal. The latter method is used by attackers more often, given that 11 out of 18 vulnerable chargers allow them to be controlled without direct contact.

It is worth noting that for hackers it does not matter what fast charging technology is used in the device. In order to successfully exploit the vulnerability, it is necessary to determine whether rewriting the code on the power adapter chip via the USB port is allowed.

According to researchers, about 60% of controllers used in fast chargers allow you to freely update the code via a USB port. Tencent Security Xuanwu Lab has already reported the results of its research to relevant regulatory organizations in China, and is also working with electronics manufacturers to take measures to combat BadPower.

Experts note that in most cases, updating the charger firmware will be enough to eliminate the vulnerability.