Russian hackers targeting European hotel Wi-Fi networks, experts warn

Cyber security experts, FireEye, have warned that a Russian spying group is targeting travellers who stay at hotels in Europe and the Middle East.

APT 28, who are suspected to be linked to the military in Russia, are said to have targeted hotel Wi-Fi networks sending malicious emails and stealing passwords.

In July, the group targeted ‘high profile’ business and government guests who stayed in hotel chains in seven countries in Europe and one in the Middle East, with aims to ultimately affect their networks back home, the report from FireEye claimed.

The malware tricks hotel employees into downloading a fake hotel reservation, which then runs internet sites remotely controlled by APT 28, which uses the malware to capture the login details of guests.

The report said: “Travellers must be aware of the threats posed when traveling – especially to foreign countries – and take extra precautions to secure their systems and data.

“Publicly accessible Wi-Fi networks present a significant threat and should be avoided whenever possible.”

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