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BT Openzone and other hotspots can be easily mimicked leaving consumers vulnerable, Guardian investigation finds.

This article titled “Wi-Fi security flaw for smartphones puts your credit cards at risk” was written by Charles Arthur and Steve Boggan, for The Guardian on Monday 25th April 2011 20.00 UTC

Millions of smartphone users and BT customers who use Wi-Fi wireless internet “hotspot” connections in public are vulnerable to fraud and identity theft, a Guardian investigation has established.

In tests conducted with volunteers – to avoid breaching telecommunications and computer misuse laws – security experts were able to gather usernames, passwords and messages from phones using Wi-Fi in public places.

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