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10 Unexpected Ways Your Android Phone Could Be Hacked | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

Using a public charging station, borrowing a USB charging cable, or simply using a cable when you aren’t sure of its provenance are ways of eventually inviting attackers to gain control of your Android phone. And it doesn’t just apply to cables but also to USB sticks and public USB ports you might use to charge your phone.

The O.MG Elite cable is a commercially available $180 device identical to a standard USB cable, but which gives hackers the capabilities found in $20,000 hacking tools, according to 9to5Mac. The cables can be used on Android and other platforms, includes built-in Wi-Fi, and enable hackers to access your phone’s camera and photos, microphone, address book and contacts, clipboard, SMS messages, and just about anything else, according to the cable’s developer, Hak5, on YouTube. And O.MG is not the only one — USB hacking devices have been around for years.

This one’s difficult to avoid. You could only use pricey OEM cables, but even those could be swapped for a fake as good as the O.MG Elite, which is virtually indistinguishable from a legitimate cable. It’s best to find a way to keep up with your cables and protect them from being swapped.


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