Connecting to a Public WiFi Makes Your Phone Vulnerable to Attack

"Everything, with very few exceptions, can be cracked."

#Privacy

Sun, Oct 19th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Correspondent, Maurits Martijn looks at all the information that can be gained from a smartphone when it connects to what appears to be a public WiFi network, but is instead a rogue system set up by a hacker. According to the article, once connected, the hacker could "retrieve their passwords, steal their identity, and plunder their bank accounts."

First we google her name, which immediately allows us to determine what she looks like and where in the coffeehouse she is sitting. We learn that she was born in a different European country and only recently moved to the Netherlands. Through Delicious we discover that she’s been visiting the website of a Dutch language course and she has bookmarked a website with information on the Dutch integration course.

In less than 20 minutes, here’s what we’ve learned about the woman sitting 10 feet from us: where she was born, where she studied, that she has an interest in yoga, that she’s bookmarked an online offer for an anti-snore mantras, recently visited Thailand and Laos, and shows a remarkable interest in sites that offer tips on how to save a relationship.

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