Does the screen above look familiar? It should. Millions of people around the world connect to public Wi-Fi networks on their mobile devices as they travel and try to stay connected. The problem is, not all networks are official. The image above is that of a fake, or spoofed, hotel Wi-Fi network, but you can’t tell just by looking at it.
This attack is called a Man-in-the-Middle attack, as many in the security industry will recognize, and allows a person to intercept another person’s internet connection and gather all of the information being transmitted across that network. This kind of attack has been around for years, impacting PC users, but today the mobile phone is just as susceptible.
David Richardson, director of product at Lookout, walks us through this all-too-common attack.