Researcher Hacks Apple's MacBook Batteries

Kara Reeder

Security researcher Charlie Miller has discovered a way to gain control of the microprocessor embedded in Apple's MacBook batteries and install persistent malware or simply destroy the entire unit, reports Miller, who is set to reveal the full data at this year's Black Hat security conference, says:

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's attack is possible because the batteries ship with a default password. Miller says the only way to stop the attack is to remove the battery.


Miller is well known in the hacker community. Miller became a "four-peat" winner at this year's Pwn2Own contest, bringing down Apple's iPhone.

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