Experts use charging wires to unlock and swipe Android and iOS phones

Experts in computer security have effectively used charging wires to monitor data on Android and iOS cellphones without touching them.

They remotely cracked the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, the Apple iPhone SE (2020), and cellphones made by Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi.

The first cabled attack on smartphones was indicated by cybersecurity experts from Zhejiang University in China and the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. This attack involves trying to charge cables to establish ghost touches on haptic touchscreens and can modify the victim’s gadgets to cause undesirable side effects, such as allowing malevolent Bluetooth links or accepting the suspicious program.

The authors report in a document called WIGHT: Wired Ghost Touch Attack on Capacitive Touchscreens that their research calls for focus on a possible invasion vector against touch screens that only needs attaching to a malevolent charging cable, that may be a public charging depot and is useful all over different power transceivers and even USB data blockers.

Despite using a variety of noise reduction and voltage management techniques, smartphones are nevertheless capable of emitting carefully designed messages that, when used within a specified range, can result in ghost touches.