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Researcher: Mac notebook batteries can be hacked | Apple Talk – CNET News

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“Researcher: Mac notebook batteries can be hacked by Josh Lowensohn Print E-mai
A battery indicator on a MacBook Pro. (Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET) The chip that helps control your Mac notebook’s battery could be the latest target for attackers. A report in Forbes today details the findings of Accuvant security researcher Charlie Miller, who claims to have found rather lackluster security guarding the firmware that controls various notebook battery functions and data stores. Culling through a battery firmware update Apple released back in 2009, Miller pulled out two passwords that would grant access to that firmware, giving would-be attackers the ability to alter readings sent back to the OS and even add small software programs that stay off the hard drive. Miller noted that he outright permanently disabled seven notebook batteries during testing.”

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