BBC News – Free wi-fi hotspots pose data risk, Europol warns

Sensitive information should not be sent over public wi-fi hotspots, to avoid hackers stealing it, Europes top cybercrime police officer has warned. Troels Oerting, head of Europols cybercrime centre, told BBC Click people should send personal data only across networks they trusted.He said the warning was motivated by the growing number of attacks being carried out via public wi-fi.Europol is helping a number of countries after such attacks, he said.Stolen data “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,” he said. “We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure wi-fi internet. Sensitive data should only be swapped via home networks “They should do this from home where they know actually the wi-fi and its security, but not if you are in a coffee shop somewhere you shouldnt access your bank or do all of these things that actually transfer very sensitive information.”Mr Oerting said Europol, which helps co-ordinate investigations into organised crime across Europe, was assisting several member states who had seen attacks carried out on wi-fi networks.The attackers were not using novel techniques, he said, but relied on well-known approaches that att

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