Using public computers for internet banking isn’t a good idea. Did you know that already? Probably yes, because there’s a lot of cases somebody put the malware apps on the computers in internet caffes, libraries, schools etc. But a lot of the attacks are so called “useless” if you compare it with the attack we are going warn you today. This attack needs no programming, downloading and installing a sniffer or any other complex techniques.
With this attack method it’s easy to sniff the credentials for everybody and that’s why there’s so high risk. Using this method anybody can be successful in sniffing the passwords on the public computers.
Attention: This text is not intended to propagate the hacking methods. You should consider this article as educational material to learn how to protect against the hacking techniques.
How does a common public computer looks like?
- installed Windows OS (mostly XP, Vista, 7)
- installed Internet Explorer as an only web browser (sure mostly before Browser Choice Update (KB976002))
- if there’s any other web browser installed (let’s say Mozilla Firefox), it has been installed probably under the administrator account for the all user accounts
- users are logged under the account with limited privileges where they can install/execute EXE files, but there are the limits where they can write
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