Android users are urged not to charge their phones in public in case they get hacked


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CIB) advises the public to exercise caution when charging for their smart phones in public after a Thai man’s Android phone was pirate at week-end. CIB believes hackers have found a way to modify charging cables to steal personal information from phone users.

Wisanusan Sam-pok revealed in a Facebook post on Sunday that 101,560 baht had mysteriously disappeared from his bank account. Wisanusan said he only used the phone to charge it in public.

He added that he had two phones, an Android and an iPhone. He mainly uses iPhone for calls, messages, banking etc. and only uses his Android phone for playing games.

Wisanusan said he had not received any scam calls, downloaded any strange apps or clicked on suspicious website links, but the money had mysteriously disappeared from his bank account.

Widsanusawan received a notification from his bank regarding the transaction which he did not complete. Taking a closer look at his phone, he noticed an unknown app on it, which he suspected was the app used by the hacker for data skimming.

Netizens commented on Widsanusawan’s post saying that the hacker may have used a charging port and cable to help with data skimming.

CIB reported yesterday that hackers can use remote access points to control a skimming chip embedded in each type of charger port.

The chip can be used by hackers to extract personal information from smartphones, including passwords, financial data and bank account numbers, or to infect them with malware.

The IPC has warned people who need to charge their phone in public to exercise caution when borrowing a stranger’s charger or connecting their charger to public charging ports.

Parinya Homanek, a member of the National Cybersecurity Committee, said such hacking, mostly on Android phones, can happen after victims visit commercial banners containing malware or download apps outside Android stores. official apps.