Use Caution with Public USB Stations

For Everyone 

“Be careful of public USB charging stations,” warns the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. The message comes after cases of “juice-jacking” were reported on the East Coast. Juice-jacking is the term for malicious gathering of data from a hacked, public USB charging station.

The FBI sent out a nationwide alert about the threat after well-known security researcher, Samy Kamkar, turned a standard USB wall charger into a covert wireless sniffer. A wireless sniffer is a tiny, wireless device that captures data sent from your wireless keyboard. LA County DA office recommends using an AC power outlet and not a public charging station, unless it’s from a reputable source.

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