The Federal Bureau of Investigations wants you to think twice before plugging your phone into any public charging stations.
In a Tweet sent out last week, the FBI Denver office said that ‘bad actors have figured out ways to use public USB ports to introduce malware and monitoring software onto your devices.’
Avoid using free charging stations in airports, hotels or shopping centers. Bad actors have figured out ways to use public USB ports to introduce malware and monitoring software onto devices. Carry your own charger and USB cord and use an electrical outlet instead. pic.twitter.com/9T62SYen9T
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 6, 2023
That’s disconcerting. Though, the Feds haven’t specified any actual cases where this happened, so this might just be a general, ‘Hey, it could happen,’ type thing. Or we could all be infected right now.
If that’s the case, by the way, hackers, please don’t judge my search history.
Anyway, the FBI says that you should always use your own charger and cord, just to be on the safe side.
Seriously, don’t judge it.