juice jacking

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Coined by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs in 2011.[1]


juice jacking (uncountable)

  1. The act of stealing information from mobile devices by placing a data-stealing device that appears to be a charging station in a place where passers-by are likely to plug their devices into it.
    • 2016, Zheng Yan; Refik Molva; Wojciech Mazurczyk; Raimo Kantola, Network and System Security, page 201:
      In the Blackhat community, one type of charging attacks is called juice jacking attacks, which can access to a significant amount of personal data without the user's permission and can install hidden malicious software on the device, as long as the device is unlocked.
    • 2021 June 24, Dr Thaddeus Eze, ECCWS 2021 20th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, Academic Conferences Inter Ltd, →ISBN, page 453:
      Through juice jacking, hackers have found an innovative way to compromise smart technology and potentially steal data or infect devices.



  1. ^ Ben Abrams, Miranda Kennedy (April 14, 2023), “Need to charge your phone? Think twice — 'juice jackers' might come for you”, in NPR[1]