Security vendors GFI Software has said that Wi-Fi services available on 50 London Underground stations might expose users to attacks by hackers as the Wi-Fi services do not have encryption in place. The services were available for free during the Olympics, provided by Virgin Media, but now they are free only for Virgin Media, EE and Vodafone customers while others have to pay to use them.
According to Phil Bousfield, general manager of IT operations at GFI Software, “Your wireless data could be intercepted by anyone that may have inexpensive ‘packet sniffing’ software installed… Wi-Fi on the Tube is potentially good for productivity, [but] its use should not be encouraged at the expense of information and personal security.”
He added that “Malware writers are increasingly turning their attention to mobile platforms, with all devices increasingly at risk of physical or wireless data theft.”
Events like the recent Paralympics are a great reminder of the importance of accessibility and ensuring equal and open access for all. ... read more
As part of our series on the Cloud, Adam Evans, Partnership Director from Agilisys recently caught up with Sean Green, Head of ICT at Tower Hamlets and Independent director of London Grid for Learning to talk about the potential of the London SuperCloud, and how it can help to deliver public services more effectively in the capital.