Public charge stations are a danger to your security

Smartphone batteries are bigger than ever but we spend enough time on any of them that the opportunity for a quick charge-up is something we rarely pass by. But maybe we should, at least when it comes to public charge stations. According to the FBI, they’re just plain dangerous.

It’s called “Juice Jacking,” a term coined by security expert Brian Krebs in 2011 (opens in new tab), and refers to attackers hijacking charge stations in city streets, airports, and other public venues where people might casually stop and charge up one of the best smartphones. A decade later, the FBI’s Denver, Colorado, office sounded the alarm again in a tweet.

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