G DATA puts potential for risk into perspective and suggests security tips.
The media is currently awash with reports about e-cigarettes supposedly infected with malware and dangerous charging stations for smartphones at airports or in bars. The problems being illustrated are not new. A proof of concept regarding the infection of smartphones via manipulated charging stations was presented at an international security conference back in 2014. To date there has been no proof of large-scale data theft via charging stations or malware attacks via e-cigarettes.
G DATA sees far greater potential for risk in so-called Bad-USB attacks, where a USB device pretends to be a keyboard in order to circumvent antivirus solutions.
Back in 2014, G DATA developed an effective tool called USB Keyboard Guard especially for this scenario, putting a stop to attacks via manipulated USB devices. The technology is included in all G DATA security solutions. G DATA is providing worried users with tips on how they can protect their mobile devices and computers.
"In practice we have not yet observed any major infections or data thefts via bogus charging stations or manipulated e-cigarettes. USB-based attacks are used at popular locations such as airports or in targeted attacks," explains Ralf Benzmüller, head of G DATA SecurityLabs. "Preventive protection against this is easy to put in place through observance of simple advice and use of technologies such as USB Keyboard Guard."
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