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USBCondoms guard against juice-jacking attacks

Sep 16, 20132 mins
CybercrimeMobile Security

Practice "safe charging" with these USB "condoms" that prevent a rogue charger from compromising your mobile device with malware.

This is 2013. You should know by now that if you’re going to hook up with strangers, you need to be safe–and that means using a condom. No, get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about hooking up with rogue mobile device chargers. What were you thinking?

Thankfully, whether you’re at an airport or a coffee shop, there is an increasing number of public charging stations or kiosks to let you juice up in a pinch. Recently, though, security researchers discovered that a rogue charging cable could actually be used to propagate malicious code. It’s called “juice jacking”. It’s a thing. You can Google it. 

Well, there’s a solution that enables you to engage in random public hook ups with minimal risk. No, I’m still not talking about that–but the solution is similar. A company has developed a device it calls a USBCondom which lets you avoid juice-jacking attacks when you connect to rogue charging kiosks.If you’re going to run around plugging your phone into strange USB ports, at least be safe about it.”

It sheaths the data pins while leaving the charging pins exposed. That means your mobile device will still get the much needed juice it needs, but that any malicious code harbored by the charging cable will be blocked. 

As the USBCondom site so eloquently puts it, “