Using ports infected with malware can lead to device hacking and tracking
The FBI is warning against using public charging stations due to the risk of device hacking and tracking. Attackers can infect USB ports with malware, granting them full access to a victim’s device and the ability to monitor their actions.
According to the bureau’s Twitter post, free charging stations, which are commonly found in airports, train stations, shopping malls, and hospitality establishments, are particularly vulnerable. The FBI recommends using regular electrical outlets instead to avoid this risk.
The FBI is asking people to stay alert
This is not the first time the FBI has issued such a warning, and the agency’s website has a separate page dedicated to advising on how to avoid being hacked and what to do if you do get hacked.
The post by the FBI Denver Field Office is meant to be purely advisory and is not linked to any specific case. Nevertheless, the Federal Communications Commission (FCI) has been warning the public about so-called “juice jacking” since 2021. Juice jacking is a device hacking scheme that involves compromising the USB cable, after which hackers can break into the connected device and steal usernames and passwords.