Charlotte Ranks as One of the Top 10 Worst Airports for Wifi Security

According to a new report from security firm Coronet, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one of the top 10 airports where your phone is most likely to be hacked.

The Airport Wifi Security report looked at data from more than 250,000 devices at the 45 busiest airports in the US.  Researchers analyzed the vulnerabilities in the Airport Wi-Fi ssecurity networks as well as in a variety of devices.  They then assigned each airport a threat score, with any score above 6.5 considered unacceptable.

The top 10 list includes:

  1. San Diego International Airport, San Diego, CA (Score: 10)
  2. John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Santa Ana, CA (Score: 8.7)
  3. William P Hobby Airport, Houston, TX (Score: 7.5)
  4. Southwest Florida International Airport, Fort Myers, FL (Score: 7.1)
  5. Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ (Score: 7.1)
  6. Dallas Love Field, Dallas, TX (Score: 6.8)
  7. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, AZ (Score: 6.5)
  8. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC (Score: 6.4)
  9. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Detroit, MI (Score: 6.4)
  10. General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, Boston, MA (Score: 6.4)

The safest airports, according to the report, include Raleigh Durham International, Chicago-Midway International, Nashville International Airport, and Washington Dulles International.

Hackers could use the network vulnerabilities to access cloud apps such as Gmail, Dropbox, or Microsoft Office 365, like they did for this travelling businessman.  They could also deliver malware to the device that could end up in your network.

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