Suddenly. USB charging in public places can be dangerous
21.11.2019 0 Comments
It turns out that through USB, attackers can infect your smartphone / tablet with a dangerous virus. Therefore, it is recommended to charge gadgets from your own power banks. Or use a personal adapter and cable by connecting them to a normal outlet (they have not yet learned how to crack it).
And this is not a reinsurance law enforcement. TechCrunch said that cases of such attacks have already occurred in the United States.
The way hackers can hack a device using a charging station was demonstrated back at the Black Hat cyber security conference back in 2013.
And in 2016, expert Samy Kamkar showed a special KeySweeper adapter, outwardly indistinguishable from normal charging. He really charges the smartphone, but at the same time transmits a special code that allows him to wiretap the victim and record all the clicks on the screen, passing them to the attacker – passwords and codes are at risk.
No less dangerous are simple USB cables. To integrate a microcontroller with a Malware in it is an elementary task for a specialist. So, for hacking iPhones, an O.MG charging cable can be used – his hacker accidentally “forgets” near a public USB station.
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