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Free tool automates phishing attacks for Wi-Fi passwords

Lucian Constantin | Jan. 6, 2015
A new open-source tool can be used to launch phishing attacks against users of wireless networks in order to steal their Wi-Fi access keys.

In hotels and other public spaces, a different message could be used to trick users to re-enter their Wi-Fi passwords. For example, a message related to security or authorization would likely convince many users to retype the WPA passwords for their personal hotspots, especially with recent news that hotels are looking to start blocking unauthorized Wi-Fi devices.

In October, hotel chain Marriott International agreed to pay US$600,000 to settle a complaint from the Federal Communications Commission that it used Wi-Fi blocking technology at one of its properties to force guests to pay for Internet access through the hotel's own network.

Marriott, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Ryman Hospitality Properties filed a petition with the FCC asking the agency to declare that Wi-Fi operators have a right to manage their networks using FCC-approved equipment even if this causes interference to other Wi-Fi devices used by guests. In a recent statement on its site Marriott said that this matter stems from a need to contain rogue and imposter Wi-Fi hotspots that attackers might install in hotel meeting and conference spaces and does not apply to Wi-Fi access in hotel guestrooms or lobby spaces.

 

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