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Be Cautious of “Juice Jacking” When Charging Mobile Devices in Public Venues

 The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just updated their guidance on the risks of using public USB charging stations to recharge mobile devices. USB charging cables put you at risk of your device getting hacked when you use them in public.

Juice jacking is the exploitation of a device using a modified USB cable (dirty USB cable) and/or malware to compromise a device while it is charging. Features like data connection, when you plug a device in with cables, have been exploited by cybercriminals. This tactic has been around for a while since 2011, but recent advancements to the method have become more of a problem.

The recommended actions that should be taken to avoid this issue with any of your work or personal devices are to bring your own AC adapters and to purchase chargers that only contain power connections and no data lines. 

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