Missouri State Capitol’s Free Wifi Leads to Hacking of Politicians’ Facebook Profiles


Several Missouri politicians (three Republican legislators, one Democratic legislator, and one Republican staffer) have been the victims of an apparent hack attack at the Missouri State Capitol building after using free wifi instead of a secure, encrypted connection. This article on St. Louis Today points out that a “free, open wireless network for House visitors and legislators serves as a virtual welcome mat for hackers.” An example of an embarrassing status update posted for hours to the personal Facebook page of one State Representative declared: “I love lobbyist! [sic] All the free food and stuff you get. This job is awesome!”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.

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  1. February 15, 2011

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