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9/20/2019
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WeWork's Wi-Fi Exposed Files, Credentials, Emails

For years, sensitive documents and corporate data have been easily viewable on the coworking space's open network.

WeWork's weak Wi-Fi security has been leaving sensitive data accessible on its open network for years. That may have compromised both organizations that work in WeWork spaces as well as those that have never entered WeWork but do business with companies that use its offices.

A Fast Company report back in August highlighted poor security practices by the real estate firm, which rents out coworking spaces to mostly small businesses. A new report from CNET takes a deeper dive into the extent of WeWork's oversight and implications for its customers.

The findings come from Teemu Airamo, who according to CNET evaluated WeWork's Wi-Fi security in 2015 before moving his digital media company into one of its Manhattan offices. He was able to view hundreds of other companies' financial records and devices on the building's network; upon alerting the community manager, he found out WeWork already knew this was possible. Attempts to bring the Wi-Fi security issue through the ranks to WeWork's upper management proved fruitless.

WeWork Wi-Fi is protected by a password, which CNET says appears in plaintext on the WeWork app. Multiple WeWorks in New York, and some in California, share the same password.

Over the past four years, Airamo has continued to run regular Wi-Fi scans on the WeWork network. His scans show 658 devices exposing an "astronomical amount" of data: financial records, business transactions, client databases, emails from other companies, driver's license and passport scans, job applications, contracts, lawsuits, banking credentials, and health data.

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9/20/2019 | 12:11:50 PM
Due diligence is important
When you rely on third party infrastructure you assume the risks that come with it. When looking at adopting collocation type services you should definitely be asking questions around security posture and if you can review the service providers vulnerability assessments - do it. It's just like adopting cloud services. Your data in the cloud is actually just your data in someone else's computer and you shouldn't blindly trust the service. This is why services like AWS have the shared responsibility model - the same should be true for any type of service. If you're relying on third party infrastructure to run your business you need to do your due diligence. WeWork should have known better and it sounds like at least someone there was aware of the issues but ultimately nothing was done, which could be considered gross negligence from a legal perspective.
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