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Hacking Inn

Business travelers want high-speed Net access. Prowlers want what’s on their PCs. Hotels – it seems – are doing their best to keep both groups happy. You, the guest in room 201, thanks for letting me hijack your computer to spew Viagra ads over the Net. And Mr. Hotel Manager, thanks for not securing the wireless Net you recently installed. You’ve made it much easier for me to sit in the lobby and digitally browse the laptops of half-a-dozen guests. Spurred by the demand of business travelers, hotels all over the world are adding wired and wireless broadband connections. But before you jack your laptop into a public high-speed link, consider this: By the time you check out of the hotel, someone else may have checked out your computer. I recently got a glimpse into how appallingly simple it is to log onto the networks using hacker tools easily downloaded from the Net. It’s not that hotels are the only ones with security issues, but since laptop-toting executives may be carrying highly sensitive company files, the locations are an attractive hunting ground for predators, the modern equivalent of a saber-toothed tiger waiting for hairy mammoths at the watering hole. Full Story

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