Wifi Security Project
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Benjamin Smith III, 41, faces a pretrial hearing this month following his April arrest on charges of unauthorized access to a computer network, a third-degree felony.
I'm inclined to say he must have been doing something nasty, otherwise I can't imagine them making a big deal out of this.
Informative little post on someone's foray into wireless debauchery.
After some research and reading for a project, I had a lot on my mind and couldn't get to sleep. So I went for a drive, ended up washing my car and getting a Slurpee. As I'm walking out of 7-11, I notice a high school age kid, war walking with a laptop. Mind you, this was around midnight in a mixed zoning area (residential and commerical). I just stared, as he wandered down the block - I swear I could hear the pings of Kismet.
Good post w/ several comments at Bruce Schneier's site on anonymous wifi. Link.
Dallas Mavericks and wifi
Can't say that I agree with Cuban. If the wifi network is deployed - why waste it? What I found most cool about was this story:
Security officers carry handheld devices to remotely check the view from about 180 security cameras, while sound engineers check levels from the seats rather than an office monitor.
That's a pretty slick surveillace setup.
80% of wifi networks insecure
Slashdot links to an interview with the author of Kismet. Not surprisingly, the state of wireless security remains poor.
Wifi extortionist caught
Security Focus reports on how the FBI caught a white collar extortionist using Wifi hotspots to cover his identity.
Techdirt rambles on about how silly we "computer security people" are to be worried about thousands of unsecured access points. Well they caught this guy - BECAUSE HE WAS A MORON. Sure he was technically competent, but when you request a 17 million dollar payoff in a check made out to yourself, the plans tend to implode. Do the people at Techdirt really think it will always be this easy?
WiFi Hacking for secure voice commnications
Global Guerrillas on anonymous wifi. I keep an eye on this site, some of the items are a stretch. But open access points, discussed in this entry, can be used for anonymous VoIP calls. Who the hell would use a wok as an antenna though? Pringles can maybe - wok no...
The Internet: 'A Dirty Mess'
Famed Sci-Fi author Bruce Sterling says the Internet is going to hell in a handbasket.
I couldn't help but think of the DoS attacks against popular Internet gaming sites during the 2003 football season. It was traced back to the Russian mob - legit attacks demanding money for protection.
Welcome to the anonymous internet
Kelly Martin hits the nail on the head. We've all known this for quite some time, but no one has spelled it out so bluntly.
There are simply too many ways to be anonymous on the Internet, and more so today than ever before. You don't even need to spoof IP addresses these days; there are too many ways to have perfect stealth, starting with an untraceable MAC address on a borrowed IP address, linked into a wireless router down the street which has access logging disabled? and you tunnel through countless proxies and compromised zombies until you reach the desired launch point. Someone who does not wish to be caught (and knows what they're doing), cannot be caught. With wireless, it become a physical battle between a million victims and one guy walking down the street.