Marriott Blocks Personal Wi Fi Hot Spots...

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  1. Espan

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    "We believe that the Gaylord Opryland's actions were lawful" from the Marriott's statement above.
    If they truly believed their actions were lawful, why would they agree to a $600,000 fine? Yeah right...they got busted is all.
     
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    I'm thinking someone thought they could rake in some extra money for their hotel and got busted...
     
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    If you have hardware that supports 802.11w (as well as Windows 8 and some Linux distros which do out of the box) this shouldn't be a big deal, as this amendment to the protocol introduced frame protection (essentially adding a hash to management frames) to protect against precisely this kind of thing.

    The "feature" that allows this is flooding the airwaves with a ton of deauthentication packets, which force all nearby clients to disconnect from a hotspot and try to connect again. It's a common approach by "less reputable" folks that then try to capture the authentication handshake in order to later impersonate the client.

    Of course in this instance what they're apparently doing is targeting access points that belong to hotel guests and then flooding them with deauth packets so that the clients keep disconnecting, or so that they're so busy trying to reconnect that the internet connection is basically useless.

    And for those that wonder why this works, the WiFi standard specifies that deauthentication is not a request, it's a notification and cannot be refused by either party.
     
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    One possible solution for some: get a hotspot which connects to your device via USB or Bluetooth. For example, when you use an iPhone as a hotspot you can use Wifi, Bluetooth or USB.
     
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    Yeah most of the hotspots out there offer connectivity via USB, and disable WiFi when you're tethered.
     
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    Awesome. I wasn't aware of this.
     
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    Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

    http://news.marriott.com/2015/01/marriott-international-will-not-block-wi-fi-devices.html

    Official release.

    January 14, 2015 - Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels. Marriott remains committed to protecting the security of Wi-Fi access in meeting and conference areas at our hotels. We will continue to look to the FCC to clarify appropriate security measures network operators can take to protect customer data, and will continue to work with the industry and others to find appropriate market solutions that do not involve the blocking of Wi-Fi devices.
     
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    IMO this means the company's appeal to the FCC to be able to block some devices from time to time is still very much alive and real.
     
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