09.04 2017 13:35h

How ''free WiFi'' in the UAE could end up costing you more than you think

Dubai police warns about the dangers of these scam networks
FreeWifi, Cybersecurity, Cybercriminals

Ever been in a mall or any public forum and come across a free WiFi, and thought, that's too good to be true. Well, if the network wasn’t affiliated with the location i.e. Mall WiFi, WiFi UAE by du, etc, it most likely is.

The Dubai police issued a statement explaining the dangers of such ''free'' networks, which are used by cybercriminals to gain access to one’s device and steal personal details and worse yet financial information. Lieutenant Colonel Col Bin Salmeen "Cyber criminals are setting up WiFi hotspots, often with innocent-sounding names, such as ‘Free Public WiFi', that con users into logging in. They go to malls and make a free WiFi network with the name of the mall or shops so people connect their devices to the network but then all information will be hacked.

"Cyber criminals will use every opportunity to infiltrate networks in order to gather personal and financial details. Quickly they can extract this information."

So what do you do if you’ve come across one, well apart from not taking the bait, the Dubai Police has asked for the same to be reported to  mail@dubaipolice.gov.ae.

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