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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Warning!!! Your Phone Can Be Hacked By Borrowing Charger And Can Lead You Into Trouble, Check Out How

Warning!!! Your Phone Can Be Hacked By Borrowing Charger And Lead You Into Problem, Check Out How

Experts in cybersecurity have advised the general public to stop borrowing from other smartphone chargers, Forbes reports.
 It is prevalent practice for individuals to borrow mobile chargers from others when they either misplace or forget their own at home, regardless of the implications of such acts.

Charles Henderson, Global Managing Partner and Head of X-Force Red at IBM Security, advised against such exercise at the annual DEF CON Hacking Conference in Las Vegas, 

"To be cautious about what you are plugging into your systems is just excellent tech hygiene," Mr Henderson suggests.

He outlined how he set up a team of hackers to try and dissuade clients from trusting chargers from third parties. Cyber hackers have learned the ability to implant malware on charging wires, Mr Henderson said..

A certain hacker, MG, showed how altered charging wires function at the meeting. The hacker gains remote access when attached to a computer and takes over the machine. The hacker could also remove from the scheme any trace of proof.



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Mr Henderson further clarified that this kind of hack is yet to become a worldwide issue, "but most attention should be paid when the technology is inexpensive and really low."

In particular at airports, train stations and other government outlets, he also recommended against charging phones with government USB ports.

Mr Henderson said with such technology in play, sharing cables was equivalent to sharing your passwords. "If you were on a trip and realized that you had forgotten to pack underwear, if you could borrow their underwear, you wouldn't ask all of your co-travelers. You would go to a shop and purchase fresh underwear," Mr Henderson quoted a possible scenario that he likened to cable sharing.

A few Nigerians who marveled at the revelation as they shared their opinions.

Digital strategist Akin Oyewobi said he was worried about legislation on such techs, particularly when locations such as airports should be secure.

 Kevin Muda, a business analyst, was shocked to say that with this fresh data he would stop borrowing chargers.
He said he would advise the public to be cautious considering the quantity of economic information saved on machines.

 Collins Orosanye, a tech analyst, also said "Nigeria has not yet arrived, but it still doesn't mean it can't sneak into us." He advised Nigerians to be careful because it had a function that could take control of the device remotely. "Always use original chargers is the best precaution," he said.

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