Juice Jacking – A Type Of Cybercrime
Juice jacking is a type of cybercrime where cybercriminals use a malicious USB charging port to steal data or install malware on a device. The term “juice jacking” was coined in 2011 by investigative journalist Brian Krebs after he conducted a proof-of-concept attack at DEFCON.
To execute juice jacking, cybercriminals install malware or other malicious software on a public charging station. When a victim plugs their device into the charging station, the malware is installed on the device and can then be used to steal data, such as passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal information.
There are a few things you can do to avoid juice jacking:
- Avoid using public USB charging stations. If you must use a public charging station, be sure to inspect it carefully for any signs of tampering.
- Use a charging-only cable. Some cables allow data to be transferred as well as power. To avoid juice jacking, use a cable that only allows power to be transferred.
- Pay attention to warning messages. If you plug your device into a USB port and a prompt appears asking you to select “share data” or “trust this computer” or “charge only,” always select “charge only.”
- Keep your device’s software up to date. Software updates often include security patches that can help protect your device from malware.
If You Have Been Juice Jacked
If you think you may have been a victim of juice jacking, there are a few things you can do:
- Change your passwords. This includes your passwords for your email, bank accounts, social media accounts, and any other online accounts that you use.
- Scan your device for malware. There are many free and paid antivirus and anti-malware programs available.
- Report the incident to the authorities. This will help them track down the hackers and bring them to justice.
Juice jacking is a serious cybercrime, but it is one that can be avoided by taking some simple precautions. By following the tips above, you can help protect your device from being compromised.