October 4, 2013
A Charger Powers Your Smartphone, Sniffs for Malware
A mobile security startup is attempting to sell a charger that can scan your smartphone for malware—and repair it, if necessary—while powering it up. MIT Technology Review reports.
There are already plenty of mobile security apps on the market from companies like Lookout Mobile and TrustGo. Yet Kaprica Security believes that because its Skorpion charger is physically separate from your smartphone, it is better suited to spot the kind of malware that can sit silently on the device, stealing files or login information like your bank or credit card username and password, from which a hacker may be able to profit while remaining undetected.
The Skorpion charger can be made to work with any smartphone operating system.
For the user, the charger is simple: plug it into the wall, and plug the phone into the charger. The charger then conducts a quick preliminary scan of the phone; if all is in order, it shows a green light.
If you leave the phone plugged into the charger, it will reboot at a time you’ve preconfigured—3 a.m., for instance—and start a more thorough process that sends the phone’s operating-system files to the charger for an analysis that takes about four minutes.
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