Monday, March 8, 2010

Energizer Bunny Arrested, Charged With Battery

"A USB charger from Energizer uses software that contains a Trojan, according to US-CERT. The software was apparently developed outside the U.S. and may have been giving hackers access to PCs since 2007. An analyst said trust in the Energizer bunny may have led many consumers to install the DUO USB charger malware even with a warning.

"US-CERT researchers said Friday that the software that installs with the Energizer charger contains a Trojan horse that gives malicious hackers a back door into Windows machines.

"`An attacker is able to remotely control a system Relevant Products/Services, including the ability to list directories, send and receive files, and execute programs. The backdoor operates with the privileges of the logged-on user,` US-CERT said. `Removing the Energizer USB charger software will also remove the registry value that causes the backdoor to execute automatically when Windows starts.`"

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