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Hackers Snatch Data From Bogus Wireless Access Points
An "Evil Twin" that hijacks unsuspecting wireless transmissions
pendanticist




msg:931518
 1:40 am on Jan 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

[informationweek.com...]

Will Wi-fi ever be secure?

The hacking technique is dubbed "Evil Twin" because scammers set up a bogus wireless access point near a legitimate base station that they then jam. Users within range of the sham access point connect to it thinking that it's a real link to the Net. All the time, however, the information transmitted over the wireless connection is being intercepted by the hackers, who look for passwords, usernames, financial account log-in information, or other confidential data.

 

SEOMike




msg:931519
 2:02 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

This might be a fun tactic to hack WarDrivers...

photon




msg:931520
 2:27 am on Jan 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is there any way for a user to detect this?

pendanticist




msg:931521
 1:00 am on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I do not know, photon. Were I on WiFi, I'd be scrambling to find out.

bakedjake




msg:931522
 1:01 am on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is there any way for a user to detect this?

Yeah, make sure your WiFi connection uses decent authentication, like Cisco's LEAP.

Also, doesn't hurt as a corporate policy to mandate all WiFi access (or all incoming connections to the corporate network for that matter) is via VPN.

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