“Juice jacking” is a type of cyberattack where data is stolen from a smartphone, tablet or another electronic device while being charged at a public charging kiosk. This happens when hackers install into the kiosk. 

When phones are plugged in to charge, the malware can transfer data to or from the phone. It can lock the phone or steal personal data. It provides access to sensitive information such as passwords and other credentials, credit card and bank account numbers, and even contacts. 

Criminals will also intentionally leave charging cables at the kiosk or pass them out as a promotional gift. These cables may also be infected with malware that will download to the device when connected. 

For more information, visit Beware of Juice Jacking (michigan.gov).