Connecting your phone to a USB power charging station at an airport or hotel room could make you a victim of a dangerous hacking technique known “juice jacking”.
The malicious technique transfers secret data payloads onto the unsuspecting victim’s device through the USB charging station, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has warned international travellers ahead of the upcoming Christmas holiday period.
“It loads itself into the phone and can either monitor the phone in real time, sometimes download information from the phone, sometimes clone the phone completely and you don’t even have to be using it,” the department said.
“Credit cards, passwords to banking accounts, your home address – all of that, if you’ve ever put it into the internet anywhere could potentially be saved in your history in your phone.
“The warning urged travellers to use an AC power outlet instead of a USB charging station. Extra protection can be obtained using “no-data transfer” USB cables which remove the pins responsible for the data transfer and only leaves those needed for power.
So-called “USB condoms” also offer protection between an untrusted USB charger and a user’s device.
Earlier this year, a hacker showcased an Apple USB Lighting cable fitted with a small Wi-Fi enabled implant capable of gaining access to a user’s phone.
“It’s like being able to sit at the keyboard and mouse of the victim but without actually being there,” the hacker said. The hacker announced he would start selling the product online as a “security tool”.
Source: Nine News
Sourced by Mike Barrow