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French Journalists Banned For Wifi Sniffing
Black Hat Kicks French Out For Violating Reporters Network

 6:23 pm on Aug 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

Even the journalists get caught up in the continuing saga of insecure wifi networks:


Three journalists for a French security magazine were kicked out of the Black Hat security conference after they allegedly sniffed the press room computer network on Thursday.

The press room computer network was separate from the rest of the network and was "off limits" to sniffing, but some people just can't play by the rules when all those juicy passwords are just floating around.

Also see:
Largest Wifi Hacking Bust Ever In San Jose [webmasterworld.com]
How Safe is SSL from Wifi MITM (Man In The Middle) Attacks? [webmasterworld.com]



 6:31 pm on Aug 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

One reporter that got hacked switched from his wireless broadband to wifi just for a little more speed...


I was in one of the press rooms at the Black Hat security conference trying to upload some video to the Web. It was a slow process using my Sprint wireless air card, so I decided to plug into the local area network that the conference was providing for journalists' use.

Maybe try different file transfer technology next time as there are ways to speed up that transfer, sheesh!

They also have the Wall of Sheep at Black Hat to display the name of security experts caught with their pants down:


The board displays the names (with some identifying information obscured) of those connecting to the Internet in insecure ways. The idea is both meant to shame and educate users on best practices.

"If the 'Best of the Best' in security can be exposed, think of the average users," said Riverside, a member of Aries Security, a group that maintains the Wall of Sheep.


 6:36 pm on Aug 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

You know, I'm laughin' so hard over here but this really isn't a laughing matter, is it? :(

After they allegedly sniffed the press room.

No they didn't! At a Black Hat Security Conference? That's ironic!

No, that was a publicity stunt. Genius!

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