Internet access terminals at the Heathrow airport were found to be vulnerable to hack attacks.
An Italian hacker stumbled on flaws that create a possible means for miscreants to load key logging software or other malware on a PC that allowed members of the public to access the internet. The same flaws create a means for the unscrupulous to obtain free internet access.
The firm that runs the terminals, Spectrum Interactive, is investigating reports first relayed to it by security consultancy RedOracle, which was approached by the white hat hacker who came across the wide-open PC. RedOracle, which was born as security-related website before becoming a security consultancy, informed Spectrum Interactive of the problem. In response, Spectrum Interactive pulled the affected PC and launched an investigation.
PCs being vulnerable to hacking is not big news, but when it comes to public access terminals, the issue is of great concern. Compromising such a system jeopardizes information that is vital to numerous individuals, most of whom are too preoccupied to think twice before performing online transactions.
BAA Heathrow airport hacker exposure (Red Oracle)