Chinese Wi-Fi service provider exands has launched a Wi-Fi hotspot 2.0 service in China, initially available to 1,000 white hat hackers, the company said.
The company said Chinese consumers see Wi-Fi as an essential service in places such as cafes, restaurants and shopping malls, and many Wi-Fi providers offer services to those businesses for free, which usually comes with an advertisement on the Wi-Fi landing page.
Advertising revenue generated from the Wi-Fi portal does not cover installation and maintenance costs and as a result, free Wi-Fi providers use low cost equipment with no security guarantee.
White hat hackers, individual hackers who detect and report security loopholes and help prevent cyber attacks, reported over 600 security issues and loopholes associated with Wi-Fi service providers, some of which could lead to potential leakage of personal information.
exands paid Wi-Fi service has been adopted by 239 international brands, to allow consumers to enjoy a safe Wi-Fi surfing environment in their offline stores. exands is a business-to-business wireless service provider that aims to enable interactions and engagement between brands and their consumers.