Juice Jacking: the LA DA’s office is warning about it, Snopes says it’s real, alright. But just what is juice jacking? And how real is the threat? Here’s all of the info you need about juice jacking and the threat it poses to you.
That USB thumbdrive or flash drive that you have in your pocket may be a vector for all kinds of malware in the firmware, and once infected it cannot be fixed. In fact that’s true of any USB device, not just thumb drives. That’s the conclusion that Jakob Lell and Karsten Nohl, security researchers who have developed BadUSB, have reached.
Barely two years ago, networking giant Cisco purchased the Flip video camera (by buying Pure Digital, the makers of the Flip camera) and folded the Flip USB video camera business into the Cisco brand. This week Cisco has announced that they are killing the division, and killing the Flip camera, and a lot of people are pretty unhappy about it. Fortunately, the Flip camera is still available for purchase (links below); unfortunately, it won’t be supported. On the other hand, the Flip camera is so darned simple and straight-forward, it doesn’t need a whole lot of support.
The Verizon Mifi 2200 (also known as the “Mifi wireless internet hub”) is a personal access point, or PWAP, and is a wonderful thing – a wifi hotspot in your pocket, wherever you are. And you can let up to 5 people connect to it wirelessly – unless you are charging it via your computer’s USB connection, in which case you can only use it as a USB modem for 1. Until now – here are directions for how to use USB to charge and connect with your Mifi, and still have up to 5 computers (including yours) connect to it wirelessly.
If you have an Apple iPhone 3G, then you are affected by the just-announced recall of all Apple iPhone 3G power adaptors! Apple announced over the weekend that they are recalling all of their Ultracompact USB Power Adaptors which were packaged with the new 3G iPhone, because the prongs can snap off while inside an electrical outlet, creating a hazard of shock.