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Macs prone to hacking via battery —Report - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

Are the batteries in Apple Inc.'s laptops too smart for their own good? Security researcher Charlie Miller has found a potential security weakness that potentially allows a hacker to take control of a MacBook - or even have it explode. "These batteries just aren’t designed with the idea that people will mess with them. What I’m showing is that it’s possible to use them to do something really bad," Miller said, according to a blog post on Forbes.com . Miller is currently a researcher with the consultancy Accuvant, Forbes said. Laptop batteries contain a microcontroller that monitors the power level and lets the laptop's operating system and charger respond appropriately. Such microcontrollers can even regulate the heat they generate. But Miller said that when he examined batteries in several Macbooks, Macbook Pros and Macbook Airs, he found the batteries’ chips are shipped ...

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