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Beware the Hotspot Hackers

Here’s an interesting new scam: Hackers are setting up “evil twin” wireless hotspots in public places, hoping to dupe users into connecting through them.

The trick is simple: A hacker just creates a hotspot with the same name (or a very similar one) as a legitimate hotspot nearby, hoping to dupe web surfers into connecting to the hacker hotspot instead of the legitimate one. The goal is the usual fare: Collect user names, passwords, credit card numbers.

As the cost of sophisticated electronics falls, I expect we’ll see a lot more scams that will make us long for the days of simple phishing.

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Posted in Computers & Internet, News April 2nd, 2007 by Chip
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