Brian Krebs is reporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning hotels that criminals are installing key loggers on publically available hotel kiosks and business center computers. Keyloggers are either software or USB type sticks that capture every keystroke a user makes on the computer. Criminals install these programs and devices to steal user information for use in fraud, identity theft, and other criminal activities.
From the DHS advisory:
“The suspects were able to obtain large amounts of information including other guests personally identifiable information (PII), log in credentials to bank, retirement and personal webmail accounts, as well as other sensitive data flowing through the business center’s computers.”
Unfortunately there is not much a user can do to tell if a public hotel computer is compromised. To stay safe do not log into any website or corporate server from a public kiosk or business center computer. This may inconvenience the business or casual traveler, but not entering your credentials is the only way to offer protection from snooping keylogging criminals.
More about Keyloggers at hotel business centers:
KrebsonSecurity: Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers
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