Hackers target execs at hotels
WASHINGTON: Hackers have developed a scheme to steal sensitive information from top executives by penetrating the wi-fi networks of luxury hotels, security researchers said yesterday.
A report by Kaspersky Lab said the “Darkhotel” espionage effort “has lurked in the shadows for at least four years while stealing sensitive data from selected corporate executives travelling abroad”.
Kaspersky said about 90 percent of the infections seemed to be located in Japan, Taiwan, China, Russia and South Korea, but the executives targeted included those travelling from the US and elsewhere.
“The more interesting travelling targets include top executives from the US and Asia doing business and investment in the (Asia-Pacific) region.”
The hackers are able to compromise hotel wi-fi networks, and to then trick executives into downloading malicious software that can allow their information to be accessed remotely.
“These tools collect data about the system and the anti-malware software installed on it, steal all keystrokes, and hunt for cached passwords in Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer; Gmail Notifier, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and Google login credentials; and other private information,” the report said.
“Victims lose sensitive information – likely the intellectual property of the business entities they represent. After the operation, the attackers carefully delete their tools from the hotel network and go back into hiding.” – Sapa-AFP