How safe is Airplane WiFi

first_imgAdvertisement Cybercriminals always take advantage of Wi-Fi guzzling passengers and public networks at Starbucks, airports, and elsewhere aren’t particular secure.The introduction of WiFi for airplanes is a unique idea, but posses a unique threat because they potentially cram hundreds of Internet users into a small space for hours.This means cybercriminals have the time to try out everything on unsuspecting victims. – Advertisement – Routehappy, a service that ranks flight amenities, reported in January that passengers on U.S. airlines now have a 2/3 chance of getting in-flight Wi-Fi on all the miles they fly.According to the report, the prevalence of domestic in-flight Wi-Fi has grown 1,600-fold since July 2013, and the expansion is of course driven by demand from passengers.Honeywell’s 2014 In-Flight Connectivity Report found that 85 percent of passengers had accessed Wi-Fi on domestic flights, and in-flight Wi-Fi influences flight selection for 66 percent of flyers.As travelers sate their appetite for Internet, criminals cash in on their vulnerability. If you pay bills, write work emails, or shop online, a hacker with only modest skills has a chance of getting your data.Most victims make the first mistake when they initially connect to the Wi-Fi network.Windows machines ask if the network is a Home, Work, or Public connection. Users who choose Home are telling their computer that it can share files with everyone else using the Wi-Fi network, which is low hanging fruit for cyber criminals.Commercially available hacking devices, like the WiFi Pineapple, are particularly dangerous on flights. The Pineapple pretends to be a home Wi-Fi gateway as it connects unsuspecting users to airline Wi-Fi.This allows the Pineapple hacker to snoop on browsing activity and access files on the computer. The Pineapple could operate in overhead storage, unbeknownst to passengers.Technically, in-flight Wi-Fi connections are not better or worse than public networks on the ground. Airlines shouldn’t necessarily be held to a higher standard.Yes, they could monitor Wi-Fi traffic and detect malicious behavior with products like Silver Tail or FireEye, but it would make in-flight Wi-Fi prohibitively expensive.Every public Wi-Fi network comes with risks, but in-flight Wi-Fi gives hackers time to try out multiple attacks. If you need to work at 30,000 feet above sea level, take measures to protect yourself and your company.Via VBlast_img

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