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Beware! Connecting to Free WiFi hotspot internet connection may turn out to be very expensive.


Free WiFi internet connection via hotspots is being offered at many places in India like Airports, Railway stations and some governments like Delhi had promised of providing free WiFi hotspots all over New Delhi1. Cyber criminals used this free WiFi hotspots to fraud people and commit many cyber crimes which may include terrorist activities against the state. The threat of unsecured WiFi network first came to light in India in 2008 when banned terror outfit Indian Mujahedeen who allegedly sent emails to media houses moments before the serial bombings in New Delhi and Ahmedabad using unsecured or free WiFi connection2.

How the free WiFi hotspot fraud is carried out :-

How you can protect yourself from free WiFi frauds :-

If you are a victim of free WiFi cyber fraud :-

Immediately call 1930 cyber helpline or file a complaint at If you have shared Aadhaar during that time, lock your Aadhaar card at and block your debit/credit cards and change passwords of your bank accounts. Complain to the authority where you felt this fraud would have happened.

Remedies available to victim legally(India) :-

One can register a criminal case in cyber police station under :

Beware! Connecting to Free WiFi hotspot internet connection may turn out to be very expensive.

Frequently Asked Questions :-

Will I get hacked if I use free WiFi?

If you use free, unencrypted WiFi, you are more likely to get hacked, but it’s not a given that you will definitely get hacked.

What can be stolen when using free WiFi?

Hacker has access to every piece of information you’re sending out on the Internet: emails, credit/debit card information and userid/password you enter.

Can you be tracked while using free WiFi?

Yes possible, if the free wifi router is hacked or to the administrator of free WiFi, unless the user is using a VPN.

References :-

  1. Delhi State Government promises free WiFi
  2. Delhi blast email traced to WiFi hack in Mumbai

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