PITT COUNTY, N.C. ̵
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Officials said they call it "juice jacking," and it's basically using malware and extracting information from phones that use these outlets.
Christopher Lee, a Computer Geeks IT technician said that a hacker could take over a phone in seconds and potentially put someone's private information in the wrong hands.
"They are very good at what they do, and they can take advantage of the moment, the fear, the excitement and turn it towards you," Lee said.
Lee always recommends keeping a phone's software up-to-date to protect the device from hackers. He also said other ways to protect a phone, including using an outlet, bringing your own portable charger and only buying chargers from trusted sources.
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