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Do you read the EULA?
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:05:07 PM »
How many people read the EULA (End User License Agreement)?  Obviously, many do not and are even willing to Give up firstborn for free Wi-Fi? Some click "I agree"!

To conduct the experiment, researchers built a portable Wi-Fi access point for a cost of about 200 euros (about $250). They placed the device in prominent districts of London and then observed how people connected to it, unaware that the activity was being monitored by researchers.

The experiment, supported by the European Union law enforcement agency Europol, was conducted by Cyber Security Research Institute in the United Kingdom and SySS, a German penetration testing company, on behalf of Finnish security company F-Secure.

Within just half an hour after setting up the hotspot, 250 devices connected to it. Most likely did so automatically, without their owners even realizing it, the researchers say. Moreover, 33 people consciously used the hotspot to carry out web searches, send data and emails. A total of 32 MB of data were captured in the experiment -- and immediately destroyed to protect consumer privacy, the researchers note. The text of emails sent over a POP3 network -- a common, unencrypted protocol for receiving email -- could be read, as could the email addresses of the sender and recipient, and even the password of the sender.

For a short period of time, the investigators also introduced a Terms and Conditions page that included a clause asking people to give up their firstborn child or a beloved pet in order to use the hotspot. Six users agreed to those terms before the page was disabled, which shows how little attention people tend to pay to those long and inscrutable pages of legal text.


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