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Cellphones Handhelds Power Security

Jailbroken Devices Compromised By Charging Stations 93

Posted by Soulskill
from the charged-with-computer-fraud dept.
mask.of.sanity writes "Data can be stolen from Windows, Android and Apple devices by unassuming power charging towers. In an attack demonstrated at the Defcon hacking conference, mobile phone charging units were rigged to pull data from phones plugged into them. Researchers found many jailbroken and modified devices activated USB functions when they were plugged in, or simply rebooted."
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Jailbroken Devices Compromised By Charging Stations

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  • Hmm (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LocalH (28506) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @04:04PM (#37156024) Homepage

    So basically, you connect an untrusted device to a device you trust somewhat, and you're shocked when bad things can happen?

    It's like people who would pick up a random USB drive off the ground and then plug it into their computer without taking precautions. Why is this any different?

  • Re:Hmm (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20, 2011 @04:48PM (#37156330)

    I'm not sure if your USB drive example is a good comparison to this situation. Charging stations are being commonplace and showing up in airports, coffee shops, etc. Businesses that people trust.

    I think think this is more like a fake ATM machine. People are so used to ATMs being everywhere, that little thought is given when they enter their PIN number into one. It's not something that the average person is going to think twice about.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.