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Thursday 17 April 2014

Cyber security breaches in Irish hotels - survey

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The survey showed that security flaws in guest wi-fi service in some Irish hotels put users at their premises at risk - photo posed, Getty Images

A new survey has revealed cyber security breaches across Irish hotels.

The survey, conducted among 10 hotels in Dublin and throughout Ireland, showed that security flaws in their guest wi-fi service put users at their premises at risk.

IT security firm Smarttech.ie carried out the tests between October 22 and November 27 at 10 randomly selected hotels from 3 to 5 star, and found that even a novice hacker would be able to collect everything from credit card details to email logins.

All of the tests conducted revealed serious vulnerabilities and risks for the users, the company said.

Ronan Murphy, chief executive of Smarttech.ie said: “Consumers need to be aware that if you are accessing public Wi-Fi there are serious security challenges.

"The tests we carried out prove that these risks affect anyone using public Wi-Fi. However there are steps that hotels and restaurants can take to secure their Wi-Fi service and therefore protect their customers”.

The company has written to the hotels affected outlining how they can deal with the issues.

 

 

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