Criminals can imitate public or private Wi-Fi services to lure unsuspecting consumers and businesses into an ID theft nightmare, says TraceSecurity, a Baton Rouge, La., provider of security compliance management.
Wi-Fi at a hotel can present the perfect bait for ID thieves, says Jim Stickley, TraceSecurity CTO. An ID thief can offer his or her own Wi-Fi service from another room in the inn to snare unsuspecting guests.
Once the guest has logged onto the thief's Wi-Fi service, the criminal can gain access to the victim's laptop and Internet communications. The thief can even log onto the victim’s company network.
"Wi-Fi connections are just another sweet spot for ID thieves to exploit," says Stickley. "Identity theft and cyber spying scams are becoming too commonplace, so it's important to remind the public just how guarded they need to be when it comes to protecting not only their personal information but also their employer's data, too."
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