Many smartphone users connect their device to a computer using USB connection when the battery is running low. Security researchers, however, have warned that this seemingly harmless practice of charging the phone’s battery can make the owner vulnerable to hackers.
Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab tested several smartphones with different versions of iOS and Android OS to know what data are externally transferred while the devices are connected to a Mac or PC.
The researchers found that by using just a micro USB cable and PC, they can install a third-party application into the phone in just a matter of 3 minutes and this app can access the phone’s private data.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht