The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a warning, informing users to be cautious when using Wi-Fi connections in hotels, especially when travelling abroad.
Reportedly, a number of individuals have fallen victims to cybercriminals after utilizing the wireless Internet connections provided by hotels.
It all starts with a pop-up window that urges the user to apply an update for a popular piece of software. Those who comply may find that the update process actually installs a malicious element.
“The FBI recommends that all government, private industry, and academic personnel who travel abroad take extra caution before updating software products on their hotel Internet connection,” the advisory reads.
Travelers are advised to take a close look at the details when prompted to install any applications or updates.
Incidents can be reported directly to the FBI or on the IC3 website