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Between exorbitant, unpredictable WiFi fees and the occasional circulating hotel internet virus, you'd think we have enough to worry about when it comes to signing onto the web from our hotel room. But you'd be wrong.
A friend of ours recently spent an evening at a Quaity Inn in California, and when he opened his laptop to join the network, found something that (understandably) made him a little nervous. There, listed above the Quality Inn's two available networks, was another one, which, in all caps, read: "FBI SURVEILLANCE VAN 28".
If you're reading this from a hotel right now, we sincerely hope you aren't one of the many travelers who have been recently assaulted by a new wave of hotel tech catastrophe: a computer virus disguised as a hotel WiFi login window.
The problem is exactly like it sounds. As per an FBI intelligence note released Wednesday: a newly-arrived guest logs onto the hotel's WiFi network when a pop-up window appears, asking to update a widely-used software product. When the guest clicks 'accept,' the computer then gets installed with malware.
Doggone it, as if we didn't already have enough troubles with these pesky WiFi connections!