Have you seen charging stations in public spaces before? These kiosks are typically found in malls, hotels, terminals, and convenience stores which allows people to charge their mobile phones when they run low on batteries.
Public charging stations are useful especially for those who rely on their mobile phones for work and everyday life, but these charging stations can also be used by cybercriminals to hack illegally or “juice jack” into a user’s device.
What is juice jacking?
Juice jacking is a type of cyber-attack where cybercriminals tamper with charging ports to inject malware into devices. The malware tricks users into providing access to their mobile devices, therefore, allowing cybercriminals to access their sensitive information such as bank accounts and credit card details easily.
How does juice jacking work?
How to avoid being a victim of juice jacking?
Here’s how you can avoid juice jacking, according to the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG) and Federal Communications Commission:
If you’re a frequent user of charging stations, make sure that the USB ports you are using are secured. As much as possible, charge your phone from a credible power source to prevent your sensitive data from being stolen.
To avoid “juice jacking” risks, keep your devices charged at all times or bring a charger or power bank in your bag. These days, cyber-attacks are evolving and so should our cyber security measures. Be #CyberSafe!