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Telework: FBI warns of public WiFi security risks

Have you dreamed of migrating your office from your home to a hotel café? You might be interested in the new FBI report. After noticing that the telework from hotels in major American cities is becoming more and more important, the American intelligence agency has just published an alert concerning the security of the WiFi networks there. “While this option may be attractive, accessing sensitive information from the hotel’s WiFi poses an increased security risk compared to home Wi-Fi networks,” the agency warned in an alert.

Hackers can exploit lax hotel WiFi security, she says, to steal business and personal data. As guests are generally unable to control the security of the WiFi network they are using, criminals will attempt to monitor a victim’s web browsing or redirect them to bogus login pages, which can steal data. passwords and other information.

For the FBI, the alert has been given: hackers could even carry out an “evil twin attack” by creating their own network with a name similar to that of the hotel network, to which guests could then connect by mistake, giving attackers direct access to their computer.

An ever-present threat

In many ways, the threats are nothing new: the FBI has already warned of this phenomenon, as well as the risk of using Wi-Fi at airports. Many of these security concerns also apply to coffee shops and other open networks. Hacking a hotel’s Wi-Fi network may seem low risk to some, but the consequences can be significant, ranging from data theft to cyber espionage to ransomware attacks.

“Once the malicious actor gains access to the corporate network, he can steal proprietary data and download malware, including ransomware,” the FBI said. Cybercriminals or state actors can use stolen intellectual property to facilitate their own schemes or produce counterfeit versions of proprietary products. Cybercriminals can use the information gathered through access to company data to deceive corporate executives. ‘business and get them to transfer funds from the business to the criminal, “also explains the intelligence agency.

And to list a number of measures to take to avoid being hacked while using the hotel’s Wi-Fi:

  • If possible, use a reputable virtual private network (VPN);
  • If possible, use your phone’s wireless hotspot instead of hotel Wi-Fi;
  • Make sure your laptop software is up to date and important data is backed up;
  • Confirm with the hotel the name of its Wi-Fi network before connecting;
  • Do not connect to networks other than the official hotel Wi-Fi network;
  • Connect using the public Wi-Fi setting and do not activate the auto reconnect function when you are on the hotel network;
  • Always confirm an HTTPS connection when browsing the Internet; this is identified by the padlock icon near the address bar;
  • Avoid accessing sensitive websites, such as banking sites, or providing personal data, such as social security numbers;
  • Make sure that any device that connects to the hotel’s Wi-Fi is not discoverable and that Bluetooth is turned off when not in use;
  • If you need to sign in to sensitive accounts, use multi-factor authentication;
  • Enable login notifications to receive alerts about suspicious account activity.

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