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USB Charger Scam spreading in India: All you need to know

The government has cautioned the public against using public phone charging stations found in places like airports, cafes, hotels, and bus stands. They've advised people to be wary of the “USB charger scam.” The threat lies in cybercriminals exploiting USB charging ports in public locations such as airports, cafes, hotels, and bus stands for malicious activities. […]

The government has cautioned the public against using public phone charging stations found in places like airports, cafes, hotels, and bus stands. They've advised people to be wary of the “USB charger scam.”

The threat lies in cybercriminals exploiting USB charging ports in public locations such as airports, cafes, hotels, and bus stands for malicious activities.

Juice-jacking occurs when users charge their devices at compromised USB stations, leaving them vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cybercriminals employ this tactic to either steal user data or install malware on connected devices through public USB charging points.

When users unknowingly connect their devices to these compromised charging ports, cybercriminals can steal data or implant malware onto the connected device. This could lead to personal information theft, malware or ransomware installation, and even device encryption with ransom demands.

This is how you stay safe:

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CybercriminalsData ProtectionmalwareUSB charger scam