Hackers have new targets: your Kindle

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Recently, a security flaw was discovered in the Amazon Kindle e-reader. This gives hackers access to information stored on the device and more. Learn more about flaws and tips to protect your Kindle.

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In an email to Kim Command, security company Checkpoint Research (CPR) detailed a flaw found in the Amazon Kindle e-reader that hackers can use to control their devices.

It can be accessed via malicious ebooks that appear harmless to the user. When opened, the exploit will be triggered. From there, hackers can cause all sorts of pranks. Note: This flaw does not apply to Fire tablets.

Once inside the device, an attacker can steal all information stored on it, including Amazon account credentials and billing information.

CPR has discovered that an attacker using this Kindle exploit could target a specific group. For example, if a hacker wants to target Romanian citizens, he can publish a malicious ebook written in that language.

CPR sent the findings to Amazon, stating that the online retail Jaguar Note is “cooperative.” Following this, Amazon patched the vulnerability.

Strengthen your Kindle settings

As with IoT (Internet of Things) devices, it’s important to keep your Kindle up to date. Updates must be automatically downloaded and installed while charging and connecting to Wi-Fi, but you can also update manually. This is useful if your Kindle is in airplane mode, or if you haven’t charged your Kindle or connected to the network for some time.

Amazon has fixed this flaw in a recent update, so you need to make sure your Kindle is updated as soon as possible.

Visit your Kindle to see your current software House Tap the page and tap Menu> Settings> Menu> Device Information..Compare it with The latest software version for a particular model listed here by Amazon..

To update your Kindle via Wi-Fi Update Menu> Settings> Menu> Kindle. Then tap all right..

Updating your Kindle via PC or Mac requires a few more steps.

  • Go first Kindle Software Update Page Download for e-readers.
  • Turn on and connect your Kindle to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Drag and drop the downloaded update file from your computer Kindle drive.
  • When the transfer is complete, remove your Kindle from your computer and disconnect the charging cable.
  • On your Kindle House Screen, tap Menu> Settings> Menu> Update Kindle> OK..

Older Kindle models have lost internet connectivity as 2G and 3G technologies have been replaced by 4G and 5G. Click here or click here to see if your Kindle is affected.

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