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Juice Jacking

Why is it in the news?

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently issued a warning against using public USB ports to charge mobile phones due to the risks associated with Juice Jacking.

More about the news

  • Juice Jacking is a cyberattack method involving tampering with public USB charging ports to infect them with malware or manipulate hardware for data theft.
  • This form of cyberattack targets both Android and iOS devices, with older models being more susceptible due to outdated software vulnerabilities.
  • Upon connecting their devices to compromised USB ports, users inadvertently provide hackers with access to their mobile devices, enabling data theft such as email, SMS, and saved passwords.
  • Alternatively, hackers may deliver malware onto connected devices through these manipulated charging ports, posing a significant threat to personal privacy and security.

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