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IDG Contributor Network: Public USB-charging hacks back on the radar

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    Smartphones can indeed be hacked via public USB-charging ports found around public facilities such as airports, parks and coffee shops, says a computer security firm. Additionally, any PC used for charging can perform the exploit.

    Hacks of this kind, first publicly written about in 2011, and called "juice-hacking" then, are not a myth, Kaspersky Lab says. That’s despite an apparent lack of reported cases.

    The security company, known for its antivirus products, says it has proven that forms of the hack can variously make illicit calls, suck files off a device and in its simplest rendition, capture a phone’s unique identifiers, such as a serial number.

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