This might give you a charge.
The FBI’s Denver office is warning people against using USB ports at public charging stations in places such as airports, hotels, and shopping centers.
“Bad actors have figured out ways to use public USB ports to introduce malware and monitoring software onto devices,” the Feds tweeted. (I assume that “bad actors” are probably hackers. Not the people in movies and TV shows. 🙂 )
CNBC’s Rohan Goswami notes, “The FBI’s Denver field office said the message was meant as an advisory, and that there was no specific case that prompted it.” (Bold mine.)
I’m curious what the FBI learned — and how. (Although, I doubt we’ll learn.)
The FBI’s advice?
“Carry your own charger and USB cord and use an electrical outlet instead.”
That’s pretty much what I do, anyway. I generally plug my iPhone and iPad into my laptop or power strip — even in airport lounges with USB ports. I’m not necessarily worried about my phone’s data getting hijacked. But USB ports in lounges, airport gate areas, and even hotel rooms don’t seem to charge my devices very quickly — and that’s when the ports actually work.
I found interesting the tweet’s mention of “public USB ports” at hotels. I don’t remember ever seeing large charging stations/banks with several USB ports in a hotel’s public areas. Are they talking about the ones in guest room desks and nightstands? Or maybe USB ports in public area end tables or something?
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