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AirDefense, a wireless security company, found some disturbing hacker activity at the CeBit trade show: AirDefense often monitors activity on WLANs at trade shows and then reports on what it finds. At CeBit, it appeared that hackers were targeting specific companies in an effort to, for example, shut down their access point to prevent exhibitors from demonstrating products. One very simple way to help avoid being targeted is for companies to choose a name for the access point that won’t easily identify the company. AirDefense also suspected that hackers were potentially competing against each other to see who could disconnect the most Wi-Fi users using denial of service attacks. If there is an upside to the activity AirDefense found, it’s that the hackers seemed less interested in stealing information that was being transmitted.
Posted by nancyg at March 31, 2005 1:10 PM
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