Sensitive information should not be sent over public wi-fi hotspots, to avoid hackers stealing it, Europe’s top cybercrime police officer has warned.
Troels Oerting, head of Europol’s cybercrime centre have warned that users 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.
He continued: “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.” “We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure wi-fi internet.
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 attempt to trick people into connecting to a hotspot that, superficially, resembles those seen in cafes, pubs and restaurants and other public spaces.