FBI issues warning on hotel Internet connections
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 10/05/2012 15:27
The FBI today warned travelers there has been an uptick in malicious software infecting laptops and other devices linked to hotel internet connections.
The FBI wasn't specific about any particular hotel chain, nor the software involved but stated: "Recent analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while they are establishing an internet connection in their hotel rooms.
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FBI: hotel hotspots used to spread malware
Wi-Fi icon Hotel internet connections and hotspots are increasingly being used to infect travellers' systems with malware. According to a report from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) - a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) - criminals are now using pop-up windows to target travellers when they try to establish an Internet connection in their hotel rooms.
Hotel internet an open door for hackers
Have you ever downloaded a software update from your hotel room or a coffee shop? If your answer is yes, then you may have been hacked
According to an alert issued by the Internet Crime Complaint Centre, which is affiliated to the FBI in the US, hackers are now targeting travellers using hotel internet connections.
Malware Installed on Travelers' Laptops Through Software Updates on Hotel Internet Connections [news release]
Recent analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while establishing an Internet connection in their hotel rooms.
Recently, there have been instances of travelers' laptops being infected with malicious software while using hotel Internet connections. In these instances, the traveler was attempting to setup the hotel room Internet connection and was presented with a pop-up window notifying the user to update a widely-used software product. If the user clicked to accept and install the update, malicious software was installed on the laptop. The pop-up window appeared to be offering a routine update to a legitimate software product for which updates are frequently available.
The FBI recommends that all government, private industry, and academic personnel who travel abroad take extra caution before updating software products on their hotel Internet connection. Checking the author or digital certificate of any prompted update to see if it corresponds to the software vendor may reveal an attempted attack. The FBI also recommends that travelers perform software updates on laptops immediately before traveling, and that they download software updates directly from the software vendor's Web site if updates are necessary while abroad.
Anyone who believes they have been a target of this type of attack should immediately contact their local FBI office, and promptly report it to the IC3's website at www.IC3.gov. The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration. The complaint information is also used to identify emerging trends and patterns.