Researchers at the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) say that the Energizer Bunny DUO USB battery charger is infected with a trojan horse that allows hackers to steal personal information from a Window’s PC.
Energizer Holdings ascertained late Friday that the USB-powered nickel hydride battery recharger was contaminated with malicious code, and the product has since been discontinued.
As of now the company does not know how the hacking was done. “Energizer is currently working with both CERT and U.S. government officials to understand how the code was inserted in the software,” Energizer said in a statement.
The Windows software included with the Energizer DUO is supposed to display charging status. After the software is installed, a Trojan that steals and transmits files is created. Even if the charger is disconnected from the computer, the Trojan continues to steal and alter information whenever the computer is on.
According to US-CERT officials, if you think your computer is infected you are advised to uninstall the software. Another method is to remove the Arucer.dll from Windows’ “system32 ” directory and restart your computer.
(Via Network World)