Can you get a virus/malware from powerbank?


  1. Posts : 600
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    Can you get a virus/malware from powerbank?


    https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop...s/apd/451-bbkv


    I bought one of these for my laptop a while back and use it as backup power for my laptop. I want to get another one of these and notice that on sites like ebay, people sell them either new, open box or used and the price is much less than on dell.


    Last time when i bought it off dell site, there was a sale. I should have bought 2 but i didn't.


    There is no risk of a dell powerbank like this infecting a laptop with malware/virus or keylogger right since you can only plug it into the laptop via power cord? There are however usb ports though if say you want to charge a phone or other things like that. But that is possible for someone to put malware/keylogger/virus on it?




    I heard that if you use a powerbank that has a usb-c cable like the one below, then all bets are off right as if someone sold a used or tampered powerbank like the one below, you can get your computer with virus/malware... is that correct?


    https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop...s/apd/451-bcev




    So would you recommend to not worry about these things, just pay more and get it new? I always buy electronics pretty much new. But i dont want to risk buying something that could possibly be tampered which is why i pretty much always buy from sites like amazon or dell when it comes to electronics. I assume for the first powerbank, if you only use it to connect to your laptop, then its 100% safe? But if you use the usb ports, well its not if someone who sold it or someone who had it before and sold it could do something with the usb ports? I read in an article you should never borrow a usb cable from others because its possible that person could be giving you a cable with malware etc.


    But would someone installing malware into something like this be tough or easy? Would the costs be worth it? How much money would it cost to tamper something like this and how long would it take for them to do that? For example, if its being sold to someone with very important things on their computer, well i could see someone like a hacker doing everything to put malware on it.
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  2. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    There is no risk if connected via a power cord. In theory an infection is possible via a USB connection. However, you should be OK if you buy a new powerbank from a leading brand from a trusted supplier.
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  3. Plankton's Avatar
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    I don't see how anything can be installed in it or on it. It's not a drive of any kind. It's just a battery.
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  4. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Anything that has its own controller, can possibly be used as a inection vector. Powerbank has abbility to check voltage status of connected device, but it is all dependant on how it is built.

    Answer, most probably not, but it is possible (dependant on powerbank functions)
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  5. Infrasonic's Avatar
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    Buy or make a USB 'power only' cable if really paranoid...https://www.instructables.com/id/USB-Condom/
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  6. Posts : 600
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    Thread Starter
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    Well if you buy it directly from dell, obviously there is nothing to worry about. Or say new from amazon. But what about from sellers on ebay or amazon then where the item might be possibly used when they say its new? Well that would be a lie but the bigger concern is if someone could compromised it.
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  7. COMPUTIAC's Avatar
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    paulyjustin said: View Post
    Well if you buy it directly from dell, obviously there is nothing to worry about. Or say new from amazon. But what about from sellers on ebay or amazon then where the item might be possibly used when they say its new? Well that would be a lie but the bigger concern is if someone could compromised it.
    Don't buy it from anyone else then. Problem solved !
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