Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166497/htg-explains-what-is-juice-jacking-and-how-worried-should-you-be/
Your smartphone needs a recharge yet again and you’re miles from the charger at home; that public charging kiosk is looking pretty promising–just plug your phone in and get the sweet, sweet, energy you crave. What could possible go wrong, right? Thanks to common traits in cellphone hardware and software design, quite a few things–read on to learn more about juice jacking and how to avoid it.
I pretty much read the entire article word for word, but I'm still confused. What I get from it is if I need to charge my phone, and I go to one of these charging stations, plug one end of the USB into my phone, and the other into the wall charger, and then plug the wall charger into the outlet at the charging station, my phone can be compromised? The better thing to do is just plug it into a regular wall outlet?
I never have and never will use a charging station. I always have a spare charging cable with me and always have the car charger cable in my car. In today's world only a fool would use those charging stations due to the nature of the charge/data access function on the same cable.
I have a usb cable which only has the charging connectors, it doesn't have the data connectors.
That does the trick, just connect it with a female micro to female usb cable
We’re anything but alarmist here at How-To Geek...
Ha, ha! Very funny. That's all you seem to do these days. Whatever happened to the useful articles? It's been a long time since I read one.
Good question. The problem with IP everywhere is the "transformers". My guess is the bad guys can't hack yours. If they could the internet would run on the AC power lines which would be a whole new problem, every outlet would be a threat. My question is who came up with the term JJ and what is this person doing in their spare time? Nuff said.
There is a lot of hate comments here, although I was intrigued that this threat exists. In most countries charging stations do not exist.
...currently juice jacking is a largely theoretical threat, and the chances that the USB charging ports in the kiosk at your local airport are actually a secret front for a data siphoning and malware-injecting computer are very low.
This type of attack hadn't occurred to me but I did find the article to be informative. While there may be a low probability of this kind of attack, it's still nice to be knowledgeable about how these attacks could happen. As is usually the case at HTG, well researched and well written. Thanks!
I would just use one of there: XMultiple-iPad-USB-Charging-Adapter It's cheap, small, steps up the charging capacity, can be kept on the end of your charging cable and removed when you want to sync data with a pc. While it's in use, it blocks the device from communicating over the data wires, without sacrificing any power. I've never tried it with anything but an apple device, but it shouldn't matter, I think.
This was the first thing that came to mind. I don't know enough about it so I'll have to do some research but it seems to me that you should be able to buy/make a "data blocker" cable/adapter simply but cutting or otherwise removing the data pins on USB while leaving the power pins intact. Not sure if/how this could work on lightning connectors but I think it should work on USB.
Use Charge Only USB cable~
Hi, hope you will. Smartphone now available to all people. When you need to charge please use cable.