Free wi-fi: how to get hacked

2013-05-06 10:30
It's no secret roaming and data usage on your mobile device can be exorbitant when travelling abroad - making mega chainstores that offer free wifi -  Starbucks being the most well-known - a necessary pitstop during your travels. Airport lounges being another obvious place.

But this bonus offered by many a local coffee shop and retail outlet, has turned into more of a 'honeyspot' for cybercriminals - while you may have a basic idea of how cybercriminals are targeting you, take a look at this infographic detailing the sophisticated techniques identified by cybercrime prevention solutions ThreatMetrix.

Hackers have taken to leaving malicious USB drives on tables for curious customers to plug into their devices. It lets them retrieve personal information and even social network passwords. Think it's unlikely, not according to ThreatMetrix.

They've warned that video cameras on a mobile device can also be used to film you entering your credit card or email login information into a smartphone - you need to have eyes in the back of your head it seems, otherwise just stay alert.

More sophisticated techniques include network scanners, which detect open ports on a device connected to the network, and 'hotspot honeypots' which intercept a user’s Internet connection and give full access to that network.

Take a look at this infographic to avoid losing your caffeine buzz.

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