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Hacked by charging cable: a myth

Plugged into danger: Mobile phone chargers become a debate topic recently as people are worried that their mobile phones can be hacked via charging cables.

Social media was abuzz after a man posted on his Facebook that 101,560 baht had disappeared from his bank account while he was charging his phone at a public charging station.

As the man insisted he never downloaded unknown applications or clicked on any suspicious links, netizens began to suspect the charging cable was tampered with to steal data from his device.

One theory was that the charging cable was rigged and when it was plugged into his phone, it enabled hackers to take control of his phone and transfer money from his account.

This triggered widespread concerns, if…

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