The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning against public use of USB charging ports due to the risk that cybercriminals exploit them.
The warning comes after a sharp increase in cyber attacks exploiting public charging ports. Used to spread malware or steal data from users.
The FBI advises citizens to avoid using public charging ports whenever possible and instead use a personal charger or carry a power bank. If public charging ports are indeed required, the FBI recommends using a USB data blocker, known as a USB condom, which prevents data transfer while the smartphone is being charged.
The FBI recommends regularly checking your smartphone for unusual activity such as pop-ups or strange messages on the screen, and keeping your smartphone updated with the latest security software patches.
The FBI also warns against using juice jacking services. Cybercriminals may take advantage of this opportunity to steal personal information or install malware on smartphones. FBI Warning Reiterates the Importance of Cybersecurity Precautions This is especially true in public areas where cybercriminals attempt to exploit this vulnerability.
Taking simple precautions such as using a personal charger or USB data blocker can help protect yourself from potential cyber attacks.
Source: Siamphone by news.siamphone.com.
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