Energizer DUO USB Battery Spread Malware

While PC users have long been wary about the entities that can infiltrate malware into their machines, they can add another agent into their ever-increasing list of things that can potentially infect their PCs - a battery charger.

According to a latest finding by the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT), a software application tailored to be used with the Energizer DUO USB battery charger carries malware content that could enable a hacker to remotely seize control over a system's resources.

That's not just it, as recent analysis by the security vendor Symantec has discovered, the backdoor Trojan bundled with the battery charger may have been active for approximately three years. The company has found evidences of Trojan's existence on 10 May 2007.

Citing the same, Dean Turner, director of the Global Intelligence Network at Symantec, stated: "It's really impossible to say for sure that this Trojan has always been in the USB charger-monitoring software, but the creation date in the Trojan binary's header indeed states that it was created back in May 2007".

Symantec cautions that a file named "Arucer.dll", which the company tags as "Trojan-Arugizer", that is installed on infested machines has the potential to inflict serious damages to the system's resources.