Holiday cyber threat: GCHQ says take extra steps to secure smartphones


British holidaymakers should take extra measures to secure smartphones and laptops abroad following a series of cyber attacks on hotel Wi-Fi networks across Europe, GCHQ has warned.

The agency’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said travellers should avoid “insecure” WiFi networks and set up “two-step verification” for emails, typically meaning that accounts can only be accessed using a pin number sent to the user’s mobile phone.

The warning came in a “threat report” highlighting claims that hotels in at least seven European countries have been targeted by Russian hackers.

The Sunday Telegraph understands that MPs are separately now using a two-step system to access emails from abroad, including by using finger-print scans on their mobile phones, following a major cyber attack on Parliament earlier this year.

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Source: The Telegraph.