Holidaymakers told to protect phones and laptops after hotel cyber attacks in Europe

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Holidaymakers are being warned to protect their mobile phones and laptops after a string of cyber attacks in hotels across Europe.

UK intelligence organisation GCHQ has told tourists to secure their smartphones and computers while travelling abroad this summer and avoid “insecure” WiFi networks.

It comes after claims at least seven European countries saw hotels targeted by Russian hackers, a report by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre said.

The security agency is urging holidaymakers to set up “two-step verification” on their email accounts.

It means that emails can only be accessed from abroad by using a pin number sent to the user’s mobile phone, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

According to the newspaper, MPs are now using the two-step system.

A spokesman for the NCSC urged travellers to avoid using public Wi-Fi to make payments over the internet. Hackers can also set up fake Wi-Fi hotspots through which they can download people’s information.

He said tourists should “use a strong, separate password for your email and install the latest software and app update” on smartphones and other devices. 


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