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Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST)
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2 Is your private information really private?

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We all hope that the information we send wirelessly is private, but is that always the case?

Channel 4 News was able to learn personal information about unsuspecting people by intercepting their supposedly private – but in reality completely public – wireless internet signals.

The attack shown in the video was possible because the hackers had set up their own Wi-Fi hotspot that either advertised the name of a common wireless hotspot provider, or the users chose to connect to a ‘free’ Wi-Fi network. The lesson here is to be careful about the public Wi-Fi networks you connect to, and the types of information you access using these networks.