Thwarting attacks from the charging socket: Team explores protecting mobile device touchscreens from 'ghost touch'

Touch screens on mobile devices can be attacked and manipulated via charging cables and power supply units. This is what researchers at the System Security Lab at TU Darmstadt have discovered together with a Chinese research team. Several smartphones and standalone touchscreen panels could be compromised in practical tests by simulated touches, the “ghost touches.” The results were presented at this year’s IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy.

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