Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday February 23, 2016

Avast Wi-Fi Hack Experiment Finds "Reckless" User Behavior

I would make fun of these people but, the truth is, we've all logged on to some unknown wi-fi network when we really needed it.

For the experiment, Avast researchers set up Wi-Fi networks next to the Mobile World Congress registration booth at the Barcelona Airport. The Wi-Fi network names were "Starbucks", "Airport_Free_Wifi_AENA" and "MWC Free WiFi" آ— Wi-Fi names (SSIDs) that are either commonplace or that look like they were set up for the congress visitors. In just 4 hours, Avast saw more than 8 million data packets from more than 2,000 users. To protect people’s privacy, the researchers scanned the data, but did not store it.

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