War-driving in England

By | May 23, 2006

The Internet is changing, from being a network of computers to a network of the most varied devices possible. And the world itself is becoming increasingly mobile, with an enormous range of communication devices available. This is a relatively new phenomenon and, like all innovations, it’s of interest both to hackers and to information security companies.

The situation is complicated by the fact that, like everything new, wireless networks and protocols still haven’t got over their teething troubles: in the hands of inexperienced users, they can pose a serious risk.

As readers of analysis published on viruslist.com will have noticed, Kaspersky Lab has been researching the various security issues relating to wireless networks and wireless protocols.The aim of such research, with a focus on WiFi access points and mobile devices which support Bluetooth is twofold: to gain a up to date picture of the changing wireless environment, and to focus users´ attention on wireless security problems.

We’ve already published reports on wireless networks in Peking and Tianjin, wireless networks detected at CeBIT 2006 in Germany, and reports on malware for mobile devices and the problems of Bluetooth protocol.

Our latest research was conducted in London, partially at InfoSecurity 2006. In a notorious case last year, scammers installed several false access points, with an interface which appeared to provide access to the public network. Unsuspecting users who connected via such access points entered their passwords and other confidential data which were then sent directly to the scammers.Read Full Story

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