Hackers target hotel guests traveling abroad

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    A luxury vacation to sunny climes should be worry-free, right? But, recent reports from the FBI and other government agencies warn international travelers against using hotel internet site access without precautions. The FBI says that malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad via pop-up windows while establishing an Internet connection in their hotel rooms. Travelers in the continental U.S. have not been identified as at-risk groups to date. With everyone from LinkedIn to GoDaddy being hacked lately, it's no surprise.

    Recently, there were many reported instances of travelers' laptops being infected with malicious software while using hotel Internet connections. As the traveler was attempting to setup the hotel room Internet connection, he or she was presented with a pop-up window notifying the user to update a widely-used software product. If the user clicked to accept and install the update, malicious software was installed on the laptop. The pop-up window appeared to be offering a routine update to a legitimate software product for which updates are frequently available.

    Read More: http://www.examiner.com/article/hackers-target-hotel-guests-traveling-abroad
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