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‘Gold rush’ for Wi-Fi on board planes spurs innovation

HAMBURG: Satellite technology to provide Wi-Fi on board planes has matured to a point where more and more airlines are looking to use it, triggering a “gold rush” among suppliers. That brings opportunities for a vast array of companies, from satellite firms such as Viasat and Inmarsat, to connectivity providers such as Gogo, Global Eagle, and Panasonic Avionics and software and hardware companies such as Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik. “It’s like a gold rush feeling at the moment,” Jan-Peter Gaense, head of…

Researchers uncover flaw that makes Wi-Fi vulnerable to hacks

WASHINGTON: Cyber security watchdogs and researchers are issuing warnings over risks associated with a widely used system for securing Wi-Fi communications after the discovery of a flaw that could allow hackers to read information thought to be encrypted, or infect websites with malware. An alert from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Computer Emergency Response Team on Monday said the flaw could be used within range of Wi-Fi using the WPA2 protocol to hijack private communications. It recommended installing vendor…

Facebook introduces feature to help locate Wi-Fi worldwide

Facebook has introduced a feature called “Find Wi-Fi” worldwide on iPhone and Android to helps to locate Wi-Fi hotspots nearby. Alex Himel, Engineering Director said that launched Find Wi-Fi in a handful of countries last year. It was found to be helpful for people who are traveling or on-the-go, but especially useful in areas where cellular data is scarce. Find Wi-Fi helps you locate available Wi-Fi hot spots nearby that businesses have shared with Facebook from their Page. Users can easily map the closest connections…

Russia demands user ID for public Wifi access

MOSCOW: Russia further tightened its control of the Internet on Friday, requiring people using public Wifi hotspots provide identification, a policy that prompted anger from bloggers and confusion among telecom operators on how it would work.