Juice jacking


03:11 PM

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Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a cautionary message to mobile phone users about juice jacking.

About Juice jacking

  • The term “juice jacking” was first coined in 2011 by investigative journalist Brian Krebs.
  • It is a form of cyberattack where a public USB charging port is tampered with and infected using hardware and software changes to steal data or install malware on devices connected to it.
  • The attack is used by hackers to steal users’ passwords, credit card information, addresses, and other sensitive data stored on the targeted device.
  • This type of attack has been a growing concern, with incidents reported in various public spaces such as airports, hotels, and shopping centres.
  • RBI emphasised the importance of protecting personal and financial data while using mobile devices.
  • How to prevent such attacks?
    • To protect themselves from juice jacking and other cyber threats, mobile phone users have to use their personal chargers and avoid connecting their devices to public USB ports.
    • Additionally, using a virtual private network (VPN) and ensuring that devices have the latest security updates installed can help mitigate the risk of cyberattacks.

 Q1) What is the Chameleon Trojan?

It is a malware that has the ability to disable biometric authentication methods, including fingerprint and face unlock, to sneakily access sensitive information.

Source: Juice jacking: RBI issues warning against charging mobile phones using public ports