Wifi Theft, Unencrypted Passwords Blamed Unfairly in Weiner’s Twitter Scandal, Though Threat Remains

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The Huffington Post offers an in-depth look at how easily hackers can manipulate Twitter to steal one’s identity, hack into personal accounts, and cause other types of fraud. Although New York Rep. Weiner ultimately admitted his Twitter account was not hacked after all, one computer expert quoted in the article explains how easily someone can hijack a wifi connection. The expert says, “These techniques are so easy that people in junior high school are capable of employing them.” Another expert quoted in the article says “a lot of social media applications were insecurely designed [and] send the username and password across a wireless in naked, plain, clear text, and that means anyone who’s on your wireless connection at a Starbucks or an airport can grab your name and password out of the air and know it forever.” As long as your password is encrypted, most people are safe from these kinds of attacks. While it didn’t really happen to Weiner, it could easily happen to you.

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Elaine Rigoli

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