Here’s why you should think twice before plugging your smartphones into any public charging stations

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  • Officials are urging travelers to be mindful of their cyber security when plugging their electronic devices into any public charging stations
  • USB charger scam or “juice jacking” happens when tech users plug their devices into USB ports or cables that contain malware
  • 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.

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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 malware which can be used to acquired information from tech users, also known as “juice jacking.”

This is a way for hackers 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 security expert at BitDefender, a Romanian cyber security 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 attacks.

Remember please. Forewarned is forearmed.

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