FBI Alerts on Juice Jacking, Related to Public USB Charging Stations

The federal organization alerted on its social networks about Juice Jacking and the risks it has for the information of mobile devices

The FBI has warned against the use of public charging stations in places like malls, airports or hotels, where malicious actors can use USB ports as a way to introduce malware into smartphones, a practice known as “juice jacking.” .

The Juice Jacking technique is a type of cyberattack known for using a charging port as a connection that, in addition to charging the device’s battery, allows data exchange. Thus, once the smartphone is connected, by allowing the transfer of data, the malicious actor can infect the terminal by implementing malware or carrying out other actions such as stealing sensitive data.

In other words, with this method, cybercriminals can take advantage of the fact that users connect their device to public charging stations to manipulate said stations and gain access to the device in multiple ways, either by introducing viruses or monitoring software.

This has been denounced by the FBI in Denver (United States) through a recent publication on Twitter, where it advises avoiding the use of these free charging stations in public places such as airports, hotels or shopping centers.

In the same way, the FBI recommended that users, instead of these stations, use their own charger and USB cable and try to connect it to a regular plug or outlet. In the same way, users can also choose to use a portable battery for mobile devices that they can turn to anytime and anywhere.

Source: dpa

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