Anyone who travels regularly knows the joy of finding a free power outlet where you can revive a dying phone. But in recent months, officials around the world have raised the alarm about the dangers of “juice jacking” when travelers plug phones directly into the free USB ports at airports, in hotel rooms, cafes and other public places.
“Hackers can modify these USB ports,” says Clyde Hewitt, an executive adviser at CynergisTek, a cybersecurity consulting firm. “Malware can actually be uploaded from the charging port to your phone or your tablet and remain there until you reset your device to factory settings. It could capture whatever you're doing for days, weeks, months or years later.”
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