As long as the mobile is charged, there will be no money left in the bank account! What is ‘juice jacking’ scam, RBI alerted

By Sunil Tiwari July 25, 2023 10:54 PM IST


According to an RBI booklet, the juice jacking scam is a scam.
Cyber ​​criminals are installing malware on public charging stations.
Through these malware, criminals get access to the users’ devices.

New Delhi. After leaving the house, people often put the mobile on charging at the public place. If you are also doing this, then you need to be careful, because this mistake can cost you a lot at a public charging station. Actually these days scammers are making people their victims through juice jacking scam. The Reserve Bank of India has also warned people about such crimes.

The juice jacking scam is a scam, according to an RBI booklet on financial frauds in the financial sector. Through this, cyber criminals steal important data from your mobile, which can cause financial loss to you.

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What is juice jacking scam?
Juice jacking scam is a method of stealing important data from devices like mobiles and laptops. To execute this type of scam, software or hardware with malware is being installed at the public charging station. Cybercriminals prey on people through public charging stations, such as USB ports or charging kiosks.

Remember that the charging port of the mobile can also be used for file/data transfer. Cyber ​​miscreants use public charging ports to transfer malware to phones connected there and gain control, access or steal data sensitive data such as emails, SMS, saved passwords, etc. from a person’s mobile phone.

Juice jacking scams can potentially lead to financial loss. By stealing sensitive information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, or banking credentials, from connected devices, attackers can use this stolen information to gain unauthorized access to your financial accounts.

How common man becomes a victim

Laying nets for hunting: These cybercriminals install software or malware on public charging stations. For this, they often target charging stations in airports, railway stations, hotels or other crowded areas.

Lure of free charging: These criminals disguise the charging station as a “free charging” station or make it look like an official charging point to entice users to use it.

Data theft or malware installation: When a user connects his device (such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet) to these charging stations via a USB cable, criminals gain access to the device through software or malware. These people can then steal sensitive data such as passwords, photos, contacts or other personal information from connected devices. In some cases, malware can be installed on the user’s device, allowing attackers to access the device from anywhere, even when disconnected from the charging station.

How to avoid juice jacking?
Avoid using public, unknown charging ports and cables. Whenever possible, use your own charger and electrical outlet or portable power bank to charge your device.

-Enable a device’s security setting, such as a passcode, fingerprint, or facial recognition, for extra protection.

-Be careful when using public Wi-Fi networks, as they can also pose a security risk. Avoid accessing sensitive information or conducting financial transactions over an unsecured network.

-Also, make sure that your device is running on the latest operating system, as well as has up-to-date antivirus software.

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