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Researcher to demo hack that destroys MacBook batteries

By Matthew
Jul 22, 2011
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  1. Your Apple notebook might be vulnerable to an attack that could cause its battery to die, harbor malware or even explode, according to security researcher Charlie Miller. Speaking with Forbes,…

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  2. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 699   +58

    That's what happens when you leave your guard down, now your completely vulnerable. Word of advise, don't put your macbook on your lap while your online..you might lose something else as-well!
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    Should a tragedy like this befall someone, we can only hope and pray that "artificial laps" will be perfected quickly, the victim will rapidly come to his or her purchasing senses, and buy a Toshiba, Acer, or Lenovo the next time.....:rolleyes:
     
  4. This is only a minor setback. Remember when Dells would set themselves on fire? Notice how revolutionary the battery life and controllers that the Mac operating system possesses. Never have there been a similar Windows function.

    "Miller noted that it would be especially nasty because few IT professionals would consider the battery as a source for the malware, allowing it to reinfect the machine perpetually." Yes, because you can store malware in a battery. Just buy a new battery, it's not that big of a deal. I know of many PC batteries that die within a year. This does not alter the fact that Mac is better than PC in almost aspect albeit this small bump in the road.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    You go, girlfriend....!
     
  6. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    whoa there!!... lets pump the brakes.. i wouldn't go as far as to say Macs are Superior.

    i own both and use both. each have their pros and cons, and i would never go as far as to say one is superior. i can name things that PC does better than Mac, and vise versa, but i don't think there's enough space for that on this page. and i'd rather not start that again.

    the fact of matter is, this is not limited to Macs, as the author points out, this technology has been widely implemented to electronics. it's only inevitable that we'll run into this at some point.
     
  7. It be funny if someone drives close to a Apple store and does the hack and they all explode. ;)
     
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    I think it would be funnier in individual circumstances

    For example: In the middle of a Steve Jobs podcast.

    or, some guy trying to pick up a girl by showing her his new Mac Book.

    Then perhaps, when someone was watching a fireworks display video.

    But best of all: in the middle of a classroom filled with PCs and the only Mac goes up like a roman candle.
     
  9. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    If you know the zoom zoom commericals, then you'll understand this:
    boom boom boom (you know they rest if you know the commerical)

    as for a more serious note, I'm not surprised by this finding. back to a funny note. Immagine if someone was crual enough to make a bug that would cause all the Mac batteries to go off at the same time.
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    You know, decades ago, there was an urban legend that the Japanese were going to send out a signal, and all of our transistor radios were going to explode. It never happened. Y2K, never happened. We can all hope that with the Apple batteries, this time it will be different.
     
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    Black ICE
     
  12. Al-Louizsec will take advantage of this.
     
  13. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +172

    Easy temporary fix, take out the battery when you don't need it. I run my laptop of a cord so much, so I have decided to take out my battery. My Dell laptop works fine without it as long as the cord is plugged in. I'd laugh if Mac's had to have the battery in to run.
     
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    You were expecting it to work with no battery and no cord..? :confused:
     
  15. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    Oh no. Lucky me, I don't have a Mac.
     
  16. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    Quote: "Just buy a new battery, it's not that big of a deal"

    Hey steve!! I had no idea you were a member here at techspot. Perhaps your foxconn employees can make some use of this to save us scraping pavements..
     
  17. FransB

    FransB TS Rookie Posts: 29

    People this is not a bug its a feature
     
  18. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,917   +684

    You've got a point...

    Ever been frustrated that the Battery is not easily replacable?
    Well now there is an app for that! . . . iBatteryOut!
    £0.59p and you can now litterally blow your battery out of the casing!

    Try it now with the free Lite iBatteryOut! that will allow up-to 5 free trys.
     
  19. " You've got a point...

    Ever been frustrated that the Battery is not easily replacable?
    Well now there is an app for that! . . . iBatteryOut!
    £0.59p and you can now litterally blow your battery out of the casing!

    Try it now with the free Lite iBatteryOut! that will allow up-to 5 free trys. "


    I lol'd, still lol'n :D
     
  20. Sorry this is one of my all time Internet pet hates!

    Give "advice"

    and please "advise"

    Learn the difference!!!
     
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    Internet English.......501

    First, I already do know the difference, but thanks for reminding me..

    Now you can suffer my internet pet peeve which is, "quiet", meaning "without sound*, as opposed to "quite", an adverb meaning, "particularly" or perhaps "abundantly".. As in, "he is quite handsome". Or then, "this song is quite insipid".

    A fun fact is that you can turn "quiet" into an adverb, "quitely", but "Quitely"doesn't fly, now does it, since it already is an adverb?

    To bring this back on topic. Do you think your Mac Book batteries will blow up quite (1*) soon?

    Do you think they'll blow up quietly(2*) , or with a big, "KABOOM".....?

    (1*) In this example, "quite" is taking the place of the adverb, "imminently".

    (2*) Was that cheating, using the adverbial form of "quiet"?
     
  22. LOL My comment about "advise" and "advice" wasn't even directed to you.. LOL, but hey you live up to your name Cranky!! ROFL

    Inferiority issues perhaps?

    You've made my day with that one... Not only that, but you gave us all here at the office a good laugh! Thanks. :)
     
  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Perfection of artificial laps aside, I am more worried about people ending up with 'burned sausages' ....... and I am not sure one can make do with an 'artificial sausage'. :grinthumb
     
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    Well, the saddest part of the upcoming reality check, is this; no, you probably can't make do with an "artificial sausage", but you can bet your boots that all of your female acquaintances assuredly can......:rolleyes:
     
  25. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Sad but you are correct IMO.

    One positive which may come from few 'cooked sausages' can be, that there can be lot less fan-boys around to scream on top of their lungs to propagate about their newest and greatest i-gadget.
     

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