Tagged: wireless security

Top Interpol Official Issues Warning About Public WiFi Risks

Troels Oerting, the Head of Europol’s cybercrime center, has warned businesses and individuals not to send sensitive information over public WiFi networks. As the number of incidents in Europe, where hackers are using public WiFi to steal personal information from users increases, Interpol warns consumers to take precautions.

Experiment Shows How Fast Hotspot Hackers Can Harvest Your Sensitive Information

By now, we hope you know that hackers can steal your sensitive information any time you connect to a public WiFi network. But what you may not know is how fast they can do it. That’s what WAFB 9 demonstrated in a hacking experiment on a university hotspot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. What happened should be a wakeup call for hotspot users everywhere.

Hacking at 36,000 Feet: The Ease of Spying On the Person in Seat 2B

Flying from New York to San Francisco last week, I had the opportunity to check out the (unencrypted) GoGo wifi service on the plane. As my interest was purely curiosity, I used a tool that just lists the names of the websites that people are visiting. So what are people doing on the Internet at 36,000 feet?

Hacker Steals Frequent Flyer Miles At a Hotel Hotspot

Do you think WiFi hotspot hackers are mostly interested in stealing high-value confidential information like your Social Security number, your credit card data and your bank account information? Well, think again.

Cyber crooks are some of the most cunning people on the planet. When it comes to committing identity fraud, they’re always looking for new targets of opportunity – like your airline miles.

Wireless Security Threats Abound At the Olympic Games

When it comes to wireless security at the Winter Games in Sochi, you’re in a high risk environment. Cybercriminals routinely exploit high profile events that draw huge crowds. That’s why the U.S. government is warning travelers to the Olympics what they should expect – namely that none of their communications should be considered private.

Hacked Hotel Company Exposes Guests’ Credit Card Information

It’s the latest in the wave of cyber attacks to hit American businesses.

Guests at some hotels managed by White Lodging Services Corporation – which include such brands as Marriott, Holiday Inn, and Sheraton – may have had their credit and debit card information stolen in a data breach that went on for most of 2013.

Federal Workers Are Not Protecting Their Mobile Devices

More than 40 percent of government employees are putting themselves and their agencies at risk with their mobile device habits, according to Cisco and the Mobile Work Exchange’s report “The 2014 Mobilometer Tracker: Mobility, Security, and the Pressure In Between.” As part of the study, an assessment tool called the Secure Mobilometer was developed to understand mobile (in)security and vulnerabilities.  The tool provided insight into the mobile device habits of government agency employees. The results show one singular truth: government employees and agencies need to take significant steps to secure confidential data.

Businesses (and Airports) are Tracking You

Businesses are tracking you. Airports are tracking you too. As you shop in your city or enjoy a preflight cocktail at the airport bar, tracking systems are watching you. They are able to do this by placing tracking sensors that use location data emitted by your cell phone when it has WiFi turned on.