Researcher: Mac Notebook Batteries Can Be Hacked

The chip that helps manage your Mac notebook’s battery could be the hottest target for attackers.

A report in Forbes today states the findings of Accuvant security researcher Charlie Miller, who claims to have established rather lackluster security guarding the firmware that controls a range of notebook battery functions and data stores.

Culling through a battery firmware update Apple released back in 2009, Miller figured out two passwords that would allow access to that firmware. This would give attackers the ability to alter readings sent back to the OS and even add little software programs that stay off the hard drive. Miller noted that he absolutely and permanently disabled seven notebook batteries during testing.

An Apple representative when asked regarding Miller’s findings refused to comment.