Non-public USB charging ports

Non-public USB charging ports

In a recent security alert, the Los Angeles District Attorney has warned, to avoid travelers to recharge their smartphones and other devices with USB power charging stations, as they may contain dangerous malware.

USB was designed to transfer of energy and data, and security-have learned to researchers, as well as the cyber criminal, such as the USB ports, the malicious payloads to users who thought they were only charging your devices.

in recent years, several proof of concepts were created, with the help of the most notorious Mactans presented at the Black hat Sicherheits-conference in the year 2013. While the device looks like an ordinary USB charger, it has the ability to deploy malware on iOS devices.

In the year 2016, security researcher Samy Kamkar to improve the idea further and created an Arduino-based device, called KeySweeper. The device resembled a USB wall charger and it could provide power to smartphones, but also a wire sniff out a wireless connection to passive, decrypt, and log all keystrokes from Microsoft wireless keyboards in its range.

Malware in plain sight

The LA District Attorney’s warning with the title “USB charger fraud,” the consumer information about all of the different ways criminals can infect with USB wall chargers, and even USB cable to your devices.

Plug-in USB wall-chargers are the most common type of consumer are the victim of a “juice-jacking can let” the attack as a criminal could easily get behind, a malicious charger in a public place such as an airport or hotel. However, the criminals now have also the ability to download malware on the public charging stations, which means that public USB ports also pose a security risk.

In the same way that a charger for ‘accidentally’ be left behind, a USB cable and the above-MG-cables that you showed at this year’s DefCon cybersecurity conference, is a current example of how malware can now a USB hidden in the inner cable itself.

the victim of a “juice-jacking” attack, LA officials recommend To avoid that travelers use the wall outlet instead of USB charging stations and bring your own charging devices when traveling. While traveling can certainly be fun, it is also the time that the consumer is most likely the victim of fraud or even a cyberattack.

Via ZDNet

Released on Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:10:55 +0000

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