A single hazardous eBook has the potential to destroy your Amazon Kindle and allow hackers to take over your account.
Experts have warned Amazon Kindle customers that downloading one hazardous eBook will not only destroy your Kindle, but also allow hackers to take control of your account.
To defend oneself from a potential hacking threat, Amazon Kindle customers should follow some basic suggestions. A malicious eBook has been discovered that can be used to attack an Amazon Kindle device, according to security specialists at Check Point in Israel. The harmful download was loaded into Amazon Marketplace as a proof of concept attack.
If an unwitting victim downloaded it, it might delete all eBooks from a Kindle device as well as take over an Amazon account.
According to Forbes, Check Point also stated that the fraud could be modified to suit the interests of a potential victim.
So, if a hacker wanted to target someone with a specific interest, such as LGBTQ+ literature, true crime, human rights writings, and so on, he or she could create a fake eBook for that purpose.
This free eBook may appear to be a self-published work, but it contains malicious code that may be used to hijack a Kindle device.
Check Point’s findings were reported in a paper presented at the DEF CON security conference in Las Vegas.
“Equipped with these tokens, the attacker would now be able to access the victims Amazon account and perform anything on his behalf,” wrote Yaniv Balmas, head of cyber research at Check Point, in the study. In an interview with Forbes, Balmas added: “Our research demonstrates that any electronic device, at the end of the day, is some form of computer.”
“As a result, these IoT gadgets are susceptible to the same types of threats that computers are. Anyone who uses anything connected to a computer, especially something as common as Amazon’s Kindle, should be aware of the cyber risks.”
However, there is a simple piece of advice that Kindle owners may take right now to keep their device safe.
Amazon consumers can defend themselves from this deadly exploit by updating their Kindle software.
The proof-of-concept assault was disclosed to Amazon in February, and the company quickly fixed the problem in Kindle firmware version 5.13.5.
Back in, Amazon Kindle customers received this update. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”