Researchers warn against connecting to Russians Wi-Fi hotspot due to cybersecurity issues
Football fans heading to Russia for the world Cup 2018 have been warned to be on their guard while connecting to local wi-fi networks.
Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab have posted new research showing that a large number of connections in the country poses security dangers for everyone logging on.
About, 7,176 public Wi-Fi get access points in world Cup 2018 host cities had been discovered to be insecure – about 20 percent of the overall number.
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Kaspersky Lab analysed public wireless hotspots across 11 host cities, which includes Moscow, Sochi, and Saint Petersburg, finding made known that a lot of them were not encrypted and lack authentication algorithms built-in.
This means that hackers just need to be close to an wireless hotspot so as to intercept network traffic and steal information from unprepared users.
The three towns with the highest percent of unreliable wi-fi networks have been Saint Petersburg (37%), Kaliningrad (35%), and Rostov (32%).
Kaspersky Lab is urging football fans to make certain they can trust any network they connect to, turn off their device Wi-Fi connection when not in use, and use a VPN to get online if possible.
“The lack of traffic encryption, coupled with large-scale events – like the FIFA World Cup – make wireless networks a target for criminals who want easy access to your data,” stated by Denis Legezo, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab.
“Our research shows, all over again, that cybersecurity involves addressing not just certain aspects, but the entire infrastructure. FIFA World Cup 2018 confirmed that the event itself is secure – however users must be aware that its host cities public Wi-Fi hotspots are no longer safe.”