Warning from the FBI: Avoid Using Public Phone Charging Points

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People are being warned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) not to use public telephone charging points, which are becoming more common in public places like shopping centers and airports.

According to the FBI, the reason for the issue is that malicious actors have discovered a way to install malware and other forms of software on phones by utilizing public wireless hotspots.

According to the Twitter account for the FBI’s Denver field office; you should avoid using the free charging points that are located in hotels, airports, and shopping centers. Malicious actors have devised methods to exploit public USB ports, allowing them to infect devices with malware and install monitoring software. Transport your own battery charger and USB cable, and connect your device to an outlet instead.

The guidance that is provided by the bureau on its own website is similar to the warning that was posted on social media.

The FBI’s Denver field office stated to The Hill that the alert that was posted on the bureau’s social media was merely a public service acknowledgment.

The FBI isn’t the only organization that has issued a warning against using USB charging points.

On its web page, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also issues a warning against the use of these devices, stating that hackers have the ability to load spyware onto USB ports, which provides them with the capacity to malicious purposes access devices. This method is known as “juice jacking” by the agency.

If someone’s electronic product’s battery is getting low, you should be aware that charging it at free USB-type charging points, like the ones found near airport entrances, in hotels, and other commute locations, could have unintended results, according to the FCC. These stations can be found in a variety of locations. You run the risk of falling prey to a novel method of online theft known as “juice jacking.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issues a warning that certain malware can provide criminals with access to private information and logins, which the criminals can then use for their own benefit or sell to certain other parties.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends that people avoid using public USB charging points but rather use a portable charger, an Ac voltage outlet, or purchase a charging-only wire, which does not permit the information to be transferred while it is being used.

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