Wednesday, May 9, 2012

FBI Issues Travelers' Cyber Warning

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FBI Issues Travelers' Cyber Warning
FBI Issues Travelers' Cyber Warning
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Recently, there have been instances of travelers' laptops being infected
with malicious software while using hotel Internet connections. In these instances, the traveler was attempting to set up the hotel room

Internet connection and was presented with a pop-up window notifying the
user to update a widely used software product. If the user clicked to accept
and install the update, malicious software was installed on the laptop. The
pop-up window appeared to be offering a routine update to a legitimate
software product for which updates are frequently available.


Although specifically citing overseas hotels, the same type of intrusion can
occur anywhere that someone connects to an unknown network.

Recent analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that
malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while
they are establishing an Internet connection in their hotel rooms. The FBI
recommends that all government, private industry, and academic personnel who
travel abroad take extra caution before updating software products through
their hotel Internet connection. Checking the author or digital certificate
of any prompted update to see if it corresponds to the software vendor may
reveal an attempted attack. The FBI also recommends that travelers perform
software updates on laptops immediately before traveling, and that they
download software updates directly from the software vendor's website if
updates are necessary while abroad.

Anyone who believes they have been a target of this type of attack should
immediately contact their local FBI office.

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