Juice jacking simply means when you use the charging port to charge your mobile in public places. Cyber attacks happen on mobile phones through this port. This work can be done in two ways either with power cable or data cable. Both the cables can break as a disaster on the mobile phone, if the phone is used for charging in a public place. People often do this that in cafes, railway stations, metro, bus stands or airports where the charging port appears empty, they put the mobile in charge. Your mobile is charged, but it may have to pay a heavy price. In the meantime, there may be a cyber attack of malware on your phone. This type of cyber crime starts with USB charging ports that are installed in public places. Such online crime is called juice jacking.
phone is hacked like this
Cybercriminals hack into mobile charging stations in public places. As soon as you put your phone there for charging, then any Crawler program or malware will be installed in your phone through your phone’s USB port. This will give access to the phone to the hacker.
Ministry of Home Affairs has issued advisory
These cases came to a halt in the lockdown last year, but now as the movement has started increasing in bus stands, railway stations, airports and other public places, this method of cybercrime has started spreading. Earlier many banks including SBI had alerted the people about this. Now the Cyber Unit of the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory in this regard.
22% of charging stations in public places are not safe
When ‘Alert Indians’, an organization doing research on cyber security, in February 2021, in research in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, found that 22% of charging stations installed in public places were not secure or were already in the grip of hackers. Another study found that 33% of free WiFi connections available in public places were such that they were pushing malware/viruses into the phone or laptop, through which hackers could access the phone and laptop.
Keep these things in mind before downloading the app in Smartphone, the location may not be leaked
protect like this
– Avoid charging mobile phones at charging stations available in public places
– Carry phone charger, battery bank with you, so that there is no need for a charging station
– If necessary, charge the phone by plugging your charger into a wall-mounted electrical socket
– There is an option under USB debugging in the phone’s settings – Install over ADB, always keep it off
– Install an anti virus solution that can prevent data theft
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