When I travel, I regularly see WiFi hot spots with names like “Free Public WiFi.” I’m fairly certain that these are some sort of phishing attempt. Most of the time (though not always), they’re computer-to-computer networks, which is already a bad sign. Sometimes, they’re targeted to particular plausible providers—e.g., “Airline Name WiFi” on a plane. But the strangest hot spot name, and one that I keep on coming across, is “virusupload.”

Who logs on to a wireless network with the name virusupload? Is this a phishing attempt aimed at the particularly stupid, something with an entirely different sinister purpose, or just a poorly-chosen name for something innocent?

This sort of airport snooping was recently in the news.