1. hallux's Avatar
    Jeff Rossen (former Today Show contributor with the Rossen Reports segments) posted a warning video to Facebook earlier warning that the folks at a devcon event have shown a successful hack of the wall-wart power adapters for mobile devices. They've found a way to "inject" them with malware (I hate that he says "mallware") that can then allow a remote hack of your device. Bottom line - use only those power adapters you trust.

    His post just confirms my trepidation of using USB ports supplied in airport waiting areas, airplanes, hotel rooms and cruise ship staterooms. When I travel I bring an Anker USB charging station with one USB-C four USB-A ports (plugs into a 110 outlet), plus Anker 16,000 mAh and Anker 5,000 mAh battery packs and refuse to plug in to those public USB ports.

    Unfortunately, it was a video posted directly on his Facebook page so the best I can do is link to his page there, where you can watch the video - https://www.facebook.com/pg/rossenre...=page_internal

    He did not post the video to Twitter...
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    08-19-2019 05:54 PM
  2. Bla1ze's Avatar
    Good advice but this stuff has been going on for years. Long enough it has it's own term now.. Juice Jacking lol. Aside from the usual warnings that pop-up around Defcon of this, it got highlighted in a larger capacity this time in part because of this O.MG cable - http://mg.lol/blog/defcon-2019/
    08-19-2019 06:22 PM
  3. Mooncatt's Avatar
    People actually use those public outlets? Any time I've seen one, it's those cheap 500mA max outlets that can't even charge a phone unless it's powered off.
    08-19-2019 08:06 PM
  4. Morty2264's Avatar
    Wow, creepy! Thank you so much for the heads-up!
    08-19-2019 08:25 PM
  5. milleniumdroid's Avatar
    Is there a way to check these ports for safety? Here at my university our main building has a student rest area in the main atrium and there are of course a gazillion public USB ports. I haven't used/trusted them because this school is literally full of nerds, including some computer science students that openly/proudly brag to me about their hefty piracy habits and visiting the illegal (darknet) part of the deep web... For all I know those ports might be rigged by some disgruntled computer science and/or cybersecurity students with Cellebrite devices or something to collect my data. And no, I'm NOT paranoid.
    09-10-2019 11:43 AM
  6. hallux's Avatar
    Is there a way to check these ports for safety?
    Not that I'm aware.
    09-10-2019 12:12 PM
  7. milleniumdroid's Avatar
    Is it enough if the phone doesn't show that it is connected to a computer when you plug it in?
    09-10-2019 03:58 PM

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