What the FBI didn’t tell us about the hotel malware threat

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you follow the field of computer security chances are that you saw the warning issued by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) this week about using hotel internet connections.

Here’s the full text of the advisory, with some responses sprinkled throughout from yours truly:

Malware Installed on Travelers’ Laptops Through Software Updates on Hotel Internet Connections

Recent analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while establishing an Internet connection in their hotel rooms.

“Malicious actors”? Are we talking cybercriminal gangs and fraudsters or state-sponsored bad guys from an enemy nation?

“Travelers abroad”? So, you mean that this can’t possibly happen within the…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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