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'Darkhotel' attack targets high-level executives traveling on business

By Shawn Knight
Nov 10, 2014
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  1. Malicious hackers have been using hotel Wi-Fi connections to infiltrate computers belonging to high-level executives traveling on business according to a new warning from security research firm Kaspersky Lab.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,547   +2,346

    Reason #2 why serious or sensitive business should be discussed face-to-face or via telephone whenever possible.
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,880

    And a land line at that!

    For those of you kids who may be reading and don't understand the term, "landline", it's a telephone that connects to other telephones via physical wires...(y)
     
  4. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    Always assume your data is being monitored. Encrypt everything.
     
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,547   +2,346

    Ew.
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,880

    Oh come on man, you know the feds have to tap landlines one at time. That can't gang surveil everybody at once like with cell phones.

    Or at least that's what I like to tell nyself.
     
  7. Kaspersky Labs.....

    Why is that this Russian Co. is always at the front of this type of notices.... Hmmmm

    Very interesting..... Comrades
     
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,490   +2,040

    Don't waste your time trying to explain the use of carrier pigeons to them.
     
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,490   +2,040

    If you are connected, you are monitored irrespective of encryption. If you are a POI encryption will be as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike and the feds probably pay more attention to encrypted data. Forget it, they've got your number.
     
  10. Modern phone branch exchanges don't work this way (except for the "last mile", that is from the PBX to the customer's phone). Instead they are just specialized computers that connect to packet switched network (not unlike Internet/WAN). Monitoring conversations is as trivial as dumping packets and can be performed en-masse.

    Service providers are actually obligated by law to provide facilities for communication monitoring (for both landline and mobile communications) in this manner to assorted agencies (at least in Europe). Once such capacities are available one can only wonder how much warrantless monitoring is going on in addition to legitimate (court ordered) stuff ...
     
  11. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    Just because you can't protect yourself against the three letter agencies, doesn't mean you shouldn't protect your data from everyone else's eyes.

    Plain text across shared wires is just plain stupid.
     

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