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What do you understand by Juice jacking? How big is it a threat? Discuss means and ways to prevent the same.

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7. What do you understand by Juice jacking? How big is it a threat? Discuss means and ways to prevent the same.(250 words)

Times of India

Why this question:

Public USB power charging stations are now ubiquitous in the spaces business travelers frequent, including airports, hotels and other points of transit or accommodation. That’s why every business traveler and organization needs to understand that these resources could be hijacked by cybercriminals as a conduit for delivering malware or stealing sensitive data.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the underlying concept of juice jacking, explain in what way it poses threats on citizens and suggest means to overcome and prevent the same.


Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


First define what is meant by Juice Jacking.


Juice jacking is a type of cyber-attack involving a charging port that doubles as a data connection, typically over USB. This often involves either installing malware or surreptitiously copying sensitive data from a smart phone, tablet, or other computer device.

Discuss in short then the history of Juice Jacking.

Discuss how to prevent juice jacking; Don’t use public charging stations that offer USB ports. Use your own AC charging adaptor and your own cables to plug into electrical outlets. Carry a high-quality, certified mobile battery so you don’t have to rely on power sources of opportunity.

Don’t use somebody else’s PC for charging your mobile device.

Use a USB data blocker dongle, which is a product that disables data transfer for USB cables etc.


The bottom line is that juice jacking is either a rare or currently unpracticed attack that’s brimming with potential for cybercriminals and spies. Because the remedies are so easy and inexpensive and tend to offer other benefits as well, it makes sense to integrate anti-juice jacking measures into the organization’s overall cybersecurity plans.