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

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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P9 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh

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13 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Typical

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3947; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

7. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Because this article was brought to you by...

9. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

... my pet monkey!

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

3. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Headline is Facepalm worthy

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

In b4 digital vibrators start being hacked around the world

5. clevelandiskindacool

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

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

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

Buzzin' in brah lol

10. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

( ͡º ͜ʖ ͡º)

8. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1312; Member since: Aug 31, 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

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Glad to knkw Huawei payched the vulnerability quickly.

13. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 16, 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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