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#HackChat: 9WTK investigates hackers behind 'free Wi-Fi' hotspots

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DENVER - That free coffee shop or airport Wi-Fi signal you normally trust could be an evil twin, created by a hacker to steal your identity and other private information.

Amid an increase in the number of businesses offering free Wi-Fi and the number of tablets in the hands of consumers, 9Wants to Know investigates how hackers can sniff out your data and rummage through your hard drive while you're online.

"Seventy-five percent of the computes that authenticate to that Wi-Fi are vulnerable to this type of assessment or scam," said Tyler Tobin, a professional hacker who gets paid to test banking computer systems.

It's been reported this scam is common at airports. Twenty suspicious Wi-Fi networks were discovered during a sweep at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

During the investigation 9Wants to Know Investigator Jeremy Jojola set up his own "FREE Wi-Fi" hotspot to see if anybody would connect to it without second guessing its security and/or its purpose. Jojola visited various places around Denver and saw numerous people connect to our network without a care.

The results of the investigation, including the location where the most people logged into Jojola's Wi-Fi network, airs Thursday on 9NEWS at 9 and 10 p.m.


Tyler Tobin, a professional hacker who gets paid to test banking computer systems, and Jeremy Jojola will answer your questions on WIFI safety and protecting yourself from hackers during a 'Hack Chat.'

Ask your questions early or during the chat on Twitter by using the hashtag #HackChat. Your Tweets will automatically be added to the web chat.

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