Avast Suckers GOP Delegates Into Connecting To Insecure Wi-Fi Hotspots

Avast conned more than 1,200 people into connecting to fake wi-fi hotspots set up near the Republican convention and the Cleveland airport, using common network names like “Google Starbucks” and “Xfinitywifi” as well as “I vote Trump! free Internet”. An anonymous reader quotes this report from The Register:
With mobile devices often set to connect to known SSIDs automatically, users can overlook the networks to which they are connecting… Some 68.3 percent of users’ identities were exposed when they connected, and 44.5 per cent of Wi-Fi users checked their emails or chatted via messenger apps… In its day-long experiment Avast saw more than 1.6Gbps transferred from more than 1,200 users.

Avast didn’t store the data they collected, but they did report statistics on which sites were accessed most frequently. “5.1 percent played Pokemon Go, while 0.7 percent used dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, OKCupid, Match and Meetup, and 0.24 percent visited pornography sites like Pornhub.”


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