Ireland hoteliers warned of ‘worrying’ wifi security threat

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Security flaws in wifi available at hotels in Ireland could be putting guests’ personal data at risk, according to a report in the Irish Times.

Cork-based It security firm Smarttech discovered flaws at 10 randomly-selected hotels, ranging from three-stars to four-stars.

The consultancy claimed that even a novice internet hacker could obtain confidential details including email log-ins, credit-card details, Facebook passwords, and Paypal account details.

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“Consumers need to be aware that if you are accessing public wifi there are serious security challenges,” Smarttech chief executive Ronan Murphy said.

He added that the findings were “exceptionally worrying” as customers are mostly unaware of the dangers of using encrypted log-ins and password on public networks.
 

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