FBI warns against using public phone charging stations, citing security risks
The FBI has issued a warning to the public against using phone-charging stations in public places, citing concerns over potential security risks. The warning comes after several reports of cybercriminals installing malware on public charging stations that can steal personal information from unsuspecting users.
According to the FBI, these charging stations, often found in airports, malls, and other public places, can be hacked by cybercriminals who can then access the data on the phones that are being charged. Once hacked, these criminals can remotely install malware that can steal sensitive information, such as passwords, banking information, and other personal data.
The FBI advises against using public charging stations and instead recommends bringing your own charger or using a portable battery pack. If using a public charging station is unavoidable, the FBI suggests using a “USB data blocker,” which can prevent the transfer of data while charging.
Though there have been no reported cases of this type of cybercrime in recent weeks, the FBI is encouraging the public to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect their personal information.
The warning has been issued nationwide, and travelers are urged to exercise caution and use safe charging methods to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.