Juice Jacking: These days a new kind of threat is looming over your bank account. If you charge your phone with a charger in a public place, your bank account may get empty. Yes, we are right. This cyber crime is called juice jacking. This is a cyber attack from a USB charger. Which can empty your bank account.
In simple words, it is a type of cyber attack that releases virus into your phone from USB charging ports installed at public places like airports, cafes, bus stands etc. If your battery is getting low, then be careful not to charge your phone in public places with any charger. Because by doing this you can become a victim of juice-jacking.
This is not a new threat, but innocent mobile users still fall into its trap. The case of juice jacking first came to the fore in 2011. Various security agencies including the FBI have issued advisories regarding the USB charger scam or juice jacking. In India too, several banks including State Bank of India have warned their customers about the dangers of juice jacking.
Think twice before you plug in your phone at charging stations. Malware could find a way in and infect your phone, giving hackers a way to steal your passwords and export your data.#SBI #Malware #CyberAttack #CustomerAwareness #cybercrime #SafeBanking #JuiceJacking pic.twitter.com/xzSMNNNv4U
— State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) December 7, 2019
How juice jacking works
USB port is often used for data transfer. On most phones, data transfer is turned off by default. It is a back-and-forward data transferring system, you can transfer photos, videos or documents from one computer to another. In case of juice jacking, the device owner cannot see which USB port is connected. So when the phone is plugged into a charger, someone at the other end can transfer data to and from your device
The two biggest dangers of juice jacking
When a device is plugged into a public USB port, a hacker can compromise that port to infect your plugged-in device. This can lead to the theft of your mobile device’s data. Cybercriminals can then use a crawler program to find financial information or other sensitive information on your device.
Cybercriminals can use malware apps to clone your phone data and transfer it to your device. This can include GPS, purchases, photos and call logs. The hacker can also freeze your device and demand a ransom to restore it.
Tips to protect yourself from juice jacking
- Avoid charging stations or portable wall chargers in public places
- If you need to charge your phone, use an electrical wall outlet
- Use only your personal cable
- Switch off the device before charging it. Since the USB port can then connect to the flash storage in the device.
- Use a power bank or external battery to charge your phone
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