Europol Warning over Wi-Fi Hotspots

Europe's top cybercrime police officer has warned users that sensitive information should not be sent over Wi-Fi hotspots.

Troels Oerting, head of Europol's cybercrime centre said: "We have seen an increase in the misuse of Wi-Fi, in order to steal information, identity or passwords and money from the users who use public or insecure Wi-Fi connections.

"We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure Wi-Fi internet.

"They should do this from home where they know the Wi-Fi and its security, but not if you are in a coffee shop somewhere you shouldn't access your bank or do all of these things that actually transfer very sensitive information."

According to Mr Oerting the attackers relied on well-known approaches that attempt to trick people into connecting to a hot spot that superficially resembles those seen in cafes, pubs, restaurants and other public spaces.

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