- Officials are urging travelers to be mindful of their cyber s
ecurity when plugging their electronic devices into any public charging stations
- USB charger sc
am or “juice jacking” happens when tech users plug their devices into USB ports or cables that contain m alware Hackers do this to acquire information from people and to even wipe out their bank accounts
“A free charge could end up draining your bank account,” said Deputy District Attorney Luke Sisak in a Twitter video posted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office last November 12.
Sisak is urging everyone, especially travelers, to think twice before plugging their electronic devices in any public charging stations.
According to him, USB ports and USB cables found in public charging stations may have been loaded with m
alware which can be used to acquired information from tech users, also known as “juice jacking.”
This is a way for h
ack ers to read someone’s data such us his or her passwords and other significant information to empty their bank accounts.
“You can easily brand these things so you can make it look like any other cable,” said Liviu Arsene, a cyber s
ecurity expert at BitDefender, a Romanian cyber s ecurity and anti- virus software company.
“When people see it, they don’t really think or expect it to be
malicious in any way,” he added; saying also that there are ways to protect yourself from this scenario.
He recommended everyone to bring their own charging wires, only charge directly from an electrical outlet, or only use portable batteries from reliable vendors in order to stay away from these cyber
Remember please. Forewarned is for