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People Warned Against Using Web in Public Places

by VR Sreeraman on March 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM
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 People Warned Against Using Web in Public Places

People in Beijing has been cautioned against using Wi-Fi in public places, like coffee shops and libraries, and take care of their personal information as their computers could be hacked.

A researcher at an institute affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences said it was easy for a hacker to create a Wi-Fi network in public places, and anyone who gets connected with the hacker's network risks having their information stolen.

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A man named Zhao who often went to a well-known coffee shop chain, said he stopped going online there.

"I seldom use Wi-Fi in public places as nowadays there are too many hackers and loopholes in internet," he was quoted as saying by the China Daily.
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Others seemed less concerned about the risk.

Noelle Herring from California who is currently studying in China said she always uses Wi-Fi through a laptop or mobile phone in public places.

"What's the big deal? The worst thing that could happen to me is that I lose my credit number and password to hackers. Even then I am not too worried, as I have insurance for my credit card," she said.

Another woman, a sales manager surnamed Ding, said she only checks news and e-mail in public places, and would check financial accounts at home.

She said "hackers have targets" -- people in "senior positions who have business secrets".

Yu Guofu, a lawyer specializing in internet cases, said hackers who set up fake wireless networks faced up to seven years in prison if caught.

Source: IANS
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