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Secret Service alert: Beware hotel computers

Secret Service alert: Beware hotel computers
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If you're at a hotel at any point this summer during your vacation, avoid the hotel's public computers.

Security expert Brian Krebs recently shared a document from the Secret Service advising the hotel industry of simple attacks hackers are using to steal guests' sensitive details.

In some cases, the suspects used stolen credit cards to register as guests of the hotels; the actors would then access publicly available computers in the hotel business center, log into their Gmail accounts and execute malicious key logging software. ...

"The keylogger malware captured the keys struck by other hotel guests that used the business center computers, subsequently sending the information via email to the malicious actors’ email accounts,” the warning continues.

The suspects were able to obtain large amounts of information including other guests' personally identifiable information (PII), login credentials to bank, retirement and personal webmail accounts, as well as other sensitive data flowing through the business center’s computers.

If you're traveling for vacation, be sure to avoid hotel computers; there are other options for you to get online while away from home.

 

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