These Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables Will Hijack Your Computer
It looks like an Apple lightning cable. It works like an Apple lightning cable. But it will give an attacker a way to remotely tap into your computer.
If you are worried about this or any other charging cables, here are a few options to help secure your cables:
Blocks Data Transfer – your device will not go into ‘data transfer’ mode if connected to a computer, so you can use a computer just like a mains charger. This also prevents data hacking and any risk of viruses being loaded onto your device when charging from an unknown/public USB socket, known as Juice Jacking. It also prevents unwanted syncing/popups, e.g., when charging from a car’s USB socket.
Allows Charging – Many office PCs have their USB sockets disabled for security. This allows charging from those USB sockets without breaking policy. Devices such as some Blackberry or Sony devices will not charge at all from many USB chargers, this enables charging.
SmartCharge – Built in chip detects the type of device which is connected and swaps between Apple, Universal and Samsung charging specifications. This prevents the blocker from slowing down charging and can increase charging speed if your charger is sending the wrong signal, e.g., charging an iPad from a ‘universal’ wall adapter.
Compact Design – The Data Blocker is barely larger than a normal USB-A connector with a profile of just 18x11mm, so won’t block neighboring USB sockets.
USB A Models:
USB A to USB C Model:
Micro USB Cable:
USB A to USB C Cable Model:
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