Cochise County Sheriff’s Department Warns Of New Wi-Fi Pineapple

Wi-Fi Pineapple, the latest tool in Cybercrime [Photo from Cochise County Sheriff's Faceook page]

By Ty Holland, Cochise County Sheriff’s Assist Team Member

The new Wi-Fi Pineapple (generation 6) features dual band (2.4/5 GHz), increased power and range. One of the main uses for the Wi-Fi Pineapple is to steal user information from free Wi-Fi sites.

Free Wi-Fi from your favorite café or coffee shop can be very convenient but also very dangerous. An attacker deploys a rogue Wi-Fi network access point and users connect to it. This rogue access point is named the same as your favorite café or coffee shop access point. Most of the time a rogue Wi-Fi network access point looks the same as a real one (same spelling and signal strength).

The attacker subsequently intercepts the user communication to include but not limited to, account passwords, personal information and even family photographs. A rogue access point is very easy to set-up using a Wi-Fi Pineapple.

The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a small battery powered device measuring approximately 5.5”x4.5”x1” and costs $200.00. Wi-Fi Pineapple can be hidden in a purse or backpack. An attacker can have the Wi-Fi Pineapple set-up and intercept your information in just a few minutes using the 112 page how to guide (purchased separately).

In busy locations the attacker can attach a standard USB thumb drive for additional storage. The bottom line in protecting your valuable data is not to use a free Wi-Fi network access point.

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