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Bad vibes, bro – malware makers hacked the Huawei P9 Plus's vibrator!

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Bad vibes, bro – malware makers hacked the Huawei P9 Plus's vibrator!

Bzzt, bzzt! All smartphones have a vibration motor in them, good enough for subtly alerting you from inside your pocket or giving your phone the autonomy to casually slide off the table. The Huawei P9 Plus has a special one, though – one whose security has been penetrated by attackers mishandling the vibrator into crashing the entire operating system.

Unlike other vibrators happily buzzing inside smartphones, the P9 Plus' had a Denial of Service vulnerability that a malicious app could exploit to make the smartphone freeze. The exploit has been closed by Huawei, but in the meantime, attackers could have created malware that blocks access to the phone and demands a ransom. Thankfully, this didn't end up happening. For better or worse, we don't know how many P9 Plus owners had their vibrators hacked, either.

Huawei patched the vulnerability with the B386 update, which will be live soon if it isn't already. So if you updated your P9 Plus recently, you should be safe from the modern-day scourge of vibrator attacks!

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source: Huawei

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posted on 16 Mar 2017, 16:22

1. Unordinary (Posts: 2231; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Typical

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 16:35 5

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3164; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Lol I'm just laughing at how many times vibrator was said in this article haha. Almost died at this one"Unlike other vibrators happily buzzing inside smartphones" I know I know, I'm being immature but I can't help it lol.

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 20:02

7. maple_mak (Posts: 745; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Because this article was brought to you by...

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 23:24

9. luis.d (Posts: 335; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


... my pet monkey!

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 00:42 2

11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4163; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"... security has been penetrated by attackers mishandling the vibrator..." this one got me.
And why is there a woman in the picture above? Deliberate attempt? Hahaha.
Lets call this a feature...for women.

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 17:09 6

3. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 484; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Headline is Facepalm worthy

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 17:19

4. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


In b4 digital vibrators start being hacked around the world

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 18:20 3

5. clevelandiskindacool (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Sitting on my P9 plus right now. Come get me hackers

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 18:43

6. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Buzzin' in brah lol

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 23:26

10. luis.d (Posts: 335; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


( ͡º ͜ʖ ͡º)

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 20:17

8. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 764; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)


Attack of the vibrators..... So much innuendo in this article. I would like to officially report the writer of this article for all the sexual references. Ban hammer for 1 week!

https://goo.gl/images/CwfCe2

Trolololol

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 03:04

12. trojan_horse (Posts: 3280; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Glad to knkw Huawei payched the vulnerability quickly.

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 09:15

13. SmartPhoneMobiles (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Oct 2016)


iPony Arena on purpose blacking huawei to stop americans getting interest in huawei phones.. I wud fkin report this s**tty site and rule to shut these bastards and craple btches down!!!

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