Queensland Law Society

“Free” public Wi-Fi is a cyber criminal’s playground

Free Wi-Fi might cost more than you think. The QLS Cybersecurity and Scam Prevention Working Group reports an increase in cyberattacks on business travellers using fake Wi-Fi networks.

Hotels, airports and conference centres are all common targets. A Wi-Fi faking device can be hidden near the location, broadcasting a network name similar to a real one eg: ‘BNE Domestic free Wi-Fi’ might be replaced with ‘BNE domestic free Wi-Fi’. 

If you use a fake network, your passwords and documents can be stolen. Several local businesses have lost eight figure amounts when their Office 365 email passwords were compromised using this method. To learn how to avoid these attacks, further information can be found in the full article below.