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A Popular Hotspot Finder App Left Over Two Million Wi-Fi Networks Exposed

Finding a hotspot can be one of the most annoying things when you’re out and about. An Android app called WiFi Finder — downloaded by thousands of users — was meant to make that entire process easier. By simply typing in an address, people would be able to find the Wi-Fi in a “cafe, restaurant, airport, or any other places.” However, it seems that this popular app ended up exposing the Wi-Fi network passwords for more than two million networks, as reported by TechCrunch . The database — which anyone could access and download — was discovered by Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and member of the GDI Foundation . TechCrunch was unable to contact the developer after more than two weeks. The host, DigitalOcean, ended up taking down the database. A spokesperson told the outlet, “We notified the user and have taken the [server] hosting the exposed database offline.” Along with network passwords stored in plaintext, TechCrunch reported that the records contained the Wi-Fi network name,...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 23, 2019