Public charging ports, which have proliferated in airport terminals in recent years, might feel beneficial if your device needs to juice up before your flight. But now, the FBI is warning travelers against using them all together due to cybersecurity concerns.
“Bad actors have figured out ways to use public USB ports to introduce malware and monitoring software onto devices,” states the FBI’s warning, which went out on Twitter in early April.
This cyber-theft tactic is commonly called “juice jacking,” according to privacy expert Amir Tarighat, CEO of cybersecurity firm Agency. It involves “concealing implanted malware within the physical charging cord or port, so when you connect your phone to a public charging station it’s exposed,” he says.
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