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Airports Where You’re Most Likely To Be Hacked

Fortune: “Public Wi-Fi in airports might seen like a godsend to business travelers and weary parents. But it’s often a fast lane for hackers to access your information. Cloud security company Coronet has compiled a list of America’s most cyber insecure airports. And nowhere is worse than San Diego. Coronet looked at data from the 45 busiest airports over a five-month period, starting in January, then gave each airport a threat index score, based on the device vulnerability and Wi-Fi network risks.

“Far too many U.S. airports have sacrificed the security of their Wi-Fi networks for consumer convenience,” said Dror Liwer, Coronet’s founder and CISO. “As a result, business travelers in particular put not just their devices, but their company’s entire digital infrastructure at risk every time they connect to Wi-Fi that is unencrypted, unsecured or improperly configured.”

San Diego International Airport’s score was a 10 out of 10, notably higher than any other airport. There, says Coronet, a Wi-Fi access point with the name “#SANfreewifi” was running an ARP Poisoning attack. (While it appeared to users to be an airport-sanctioned free Wi-Fi server, it was not.) The odds of connecting to a medium-risk network in San Diego’s airport are 30%, while the odds of connecting to a high risk one are 11%. No other airport comes close to those high-risk odds. Here’s a look at the 10 most vulnerable airports…”

  • San Diego International (San Diego) – Threat Index Score: 10
  • John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport (Santa Ana, Calif.) – Threat Index Score: 8.7
  • William P Hobby Airport (Houston) – Threat Index Score: 7.5
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers, Fla.) – Threat Index Score: 7.1
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, N.J.) – Threat Index Score: 7.1
  • Dallas Love Field (Dallas) – Threat Index Score: 6.8
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix) – Threat Index Score: 6.5
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, N.C.) – Threat Index Score: 6.4
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (Detroit) – Threat Index Score: 6.4
  • General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (Boston) – Threat Index Score: 6.4

Little Things and Big Challenges: Information Privacy and the Internet of Things

Brill, Hillary and Jones, Scott, Little Things and Big Challenges: Information Privacy and the Internet of Things (June 1, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3188958 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3188958 “The Internet of Things (IoT), the wireless connection of devices to ourselves, each other, and the Internet, has transformed our lives and our society in unimaginable ways. Today, billions… Continue Reading

How to Keep Google Home and Chromecast From Giving Hackers Your Location

Krebs on Security: “…Craig Young, a researcher with security firm Tripwire, said he discovered an authentication weakness that leaks incredibly accurate location information about users of both the smart speaker and home assistant Google Home, and Chromecast, a small electronic device that makes it simple to stream TV shows, movies and games to a digital… Continue Reading

Declining share of Americans would find it very hard to give up TV

“An estimated 96.5% of U.S. households have a television. Yet only about a third of Americans say it would be “very hard” to give up their TV – substantially lower than the share of U.S. adults who say the same thing about their cellphone or the internet, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted… Continue Reading

Google providing WiFi and Chromebooks to school buses in rural areas

The Verge: “Google today announced an expansion of its Rolling Study Halls initiative to over 16 additional school districts, giving “thousands” of students access to Wi-Fi and Chromebooks on their buses. Google has piloted the program in North Carolina and South Carolina over the last couple years, focusing its efforts on rural communities where some… Continue Reading

NYT – When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office

When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office – NY Times Magazine: “A global network of live-work spaces is springing up to serve this new breed of millennial wanderer.” “At the time of the inn’s construction, the surrounding area was known as Riverside; like the rest of the city, it became a hotbed… Continue Reading

Review – best free anonymous browsing software for Windows

TechRadarPro: “If you’re looking for the best free privacy software to help you browse the web anonymously, then you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve listed the top choices to help protect your privacy. There are plenty of legitimate reasons why you’d like to use privacy software to browse anonymously.  As well as preventing… Continue Reading

How public libraries are reinventing themselves for the 21st century

Coding workshops. 3D printers. And books. Far from extinct, today’s public library is about access to technology as much as to knowledge: “On any given day, in one of the world’s busiest urban library systems, 50,000 people come through the doors of the Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches, while 85,000 make an online visit. The… Continue Reading

Paper – Enabling Competition & Innovation on a City Fiber Network

Enabling Competition & Innovation on a City Fiber Network October 5, 2017. Download from DASH – Download from SSRN. Authored by Paddy Leerssen and David Talbot “This case study of Ammon, Idaho’s city-run fiber-optic network describes an unusual strategy for encouraging retail Internet service competition and innovation. Cities, towns and counties seeking to help their… Continue Reading

Thomson Reuters Podcast – Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

Legal Current – “Free wi-fi is widely available and tempting to use, especially when traveling.  Hotels, airports, coffee shops, even NYC subway stations provide it. But the dangers of public wi-fi are many-fold.  Not only are they hunting grounds for hackers, but a new report from security firm FireEye claims a Russian hacker group known… Continue Reading

Metro to install WiFi at all underground stations starting in summer 2017

WaPo – Metro to install WiFi at all underground stations starting in summer 2017 – “Metro started a pilot program in August to test WiFi at six downtown stations. Now, General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld has “greenlighted” an expansion to all underground stations.” Continue Reading

Wi-Fi passwords from airports around the world

Anil Polat: “[Here] is a regularly updated map of all the airport wireless and lounge passwords you send and I come across on my travels. I’ll still be updating the original how to get wireless passwords from airports page with this information as well but now you can search around on the map directly.” Continue Reading