Juice Jacking: Do not charge at public places, you will become a victim of ‘juice-jacking’, bank account will be empty

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.

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 to. So when the phone is plugged into a charger, someone at the other end can transfer data from your device to the other end

The Two Biggest Dangers of Juice Jacking

data theft

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 data on your mobile device. Cybercriminals can then use crawler programs to find financial information or other sensitive information on your device. 

Malware Installation

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.  Hacker can also freeze your device and ask for a ransom to restore it.

Tips to protect yourself from juice jacking

  1. Avoid charging stations or portable wall chargers in public places
  2. If you must charge your phone, use an electrical wall outlet
  3. Only your personal cables Use
  4. Switch off the device before charging. Since the USB port can then connect to the flash storage in the device.
  5. Use a power bank or external battery to charge your phone

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