Airports, highways, shopping malls and other public places are increasingly seeking to adapt to the technological demands of those who frequent these spaces every day. But what seems advantageous at first can also be quite dangerous. This is because some of these sites offer USB device battery charging stations, which opens a loophole for hacker-installed malware attacks to steal sensitive data without authorization.
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In order to gain access to information, criminals modify USB connections and transfer everything they need without difficulty, since the port allows it. The process works similar to connecting the phone cable to a computer to download or download files.
IBM expert warns of the risk of charging electronics to public USB's Photo: Filipe Garrett / dnetc
In an interview with Forbes, X-Force Threat Intelligence vice president, IBM Security, Caleb Barlow, advised people to avoid charging their phones and tablets at these stations. Connect to a public USB like find a roadside toothbrush and decide to put it in your mouth. You have no idea where this thing went, he warns.
According to the expert, another solution may be to carry a full battery power bank to charge the device while it is not possible to find a safer way to power the battery. But if there is no other alternative, it is a tip to buy a Juice-Jack Defender. The device costs $ 10 and allows you to block data transfer. You can put it in front of your charging cable and it only lets the voltage pass, he explains.
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