Juice jacking

Juice jacking is comparatively a new terminology in information technology and information security, word that seems good and lovely, but is actually dangerous and might lose your money and data, if you are not taking necessary precations and best practices while recharging your mobile phones using USB port in public charging stations. Although, nowdays most of the users are aware of the cyber threats like malwares and ransomwares, one will never believe that such bad things will happen while charging mobile phones in public staions in airports, railway stations, shoping centres etc.

The term “juice jacking” though was coined  in 2011, many mobile users in India were made more aware of this term and its impacts on personal data security, after the Reserve Bank of India published a booklet of modus operandi in February 2024. According to booklet, fraudsters can tamper public charging stations to transfer  malware contents to mobile phone connected USB ports. Public charging centres in densely populated urban centres and crowded transportation systems in India  offer potential fraud vulnerabilities which fraudsters can manipulate to control for stealing sensitive datas and emails.

It is highly recommended to carry a personal charger or a power bank while traveling to avoid a potential risks. In case, some mobile phones provides options to click a prompt like “shrare data” or “charge only”, always click share only.

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