The World Cup Security Team in Brazil needs a lesson in internet security.
FIFA World Cup Security Chief Luiz Cravo Dorea reveals his password to the world
As a sophisticated surveillance state in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, is being built to protect fans, and Russian hackers are reported to have entered the city, the FIFA World Cup Security Chief Luiz Cravo Dorea inadvertently revealed his password to the world. The loose internet security and somewhat predictable password choice might be good for Russian computer hackers, with a report by a Russian computer security firm noting several technical weak spots for Wi-Fi computer hacks to occur in the city.
While posing for a publicity photo showing the technical sophistication of their digital command center that would soon be posted in a local paper, the wireless network password appears in the right had corner of the picture, Gizmodo reported. The release of the password could have given computer hackers easy access to the security command center’s computer network.
Now connect the dots with another report from a Russian computer security expert that says Wi-Fi around the city can be easily compromised by hackers targeting tourists likely using the service.
FIFA World Cup fans at risk of cyber attack
As FIFA World Cup fans stream into Rio De Janeiro, Dmitry Bestuzhev, Head of Research at the Kaspersky Lab, says there is a hidden danger. As tourists likely search for internet Wi-Fi to access the internet rather than make expensive cell phone calls, many of these insecure networks can be traps where computer hackers enter the unsuspecting tourist’s computer to steal their user name and password data.
“Some cybercriminals install fake Access Points, specially configured to steer all traffic through a host which can control it, perhaps even functioning as a ‘man-in-the-middle’ machine that intercepts and reads encrypted traffic,” he said. “There’s a serious danger of losing all your sensitive data, and with it all of your funds. When traveling far from home, this is a disaster waiting to happen.”
After a team of Kaspersky security experts drove around the Brazilian city of São Paulo to evaluate network security of more than 5,000 Wi-Fi networks located at tourist hotspots like malls, parks, and airports, they found potential problems in 25 percent of the locations. The networks were insecure to the point hackers could literally enter the user’s computer, see what they are typing and view pictures, videos and have access to passwords and other vital data.
If hackers want to access the security hub Rio De Janeiro, however, the task might have been a little easier. Just read it in the newspaper.