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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bad Wireless Security Means Big Bucks for Paparazzi

Bad Wireless Security Means Big Bucks for Paparazzi

In an article by Gregory Evans, I learned that hackers and tech savvy paparazzi are targeting the wireless networks of entertainers and their managers. Some of them have been able to retrieve personal photos, private financial and medical documents and other items of interest. Evans states, “They know that one picture can be sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars to tabloid newspapers all over the world”.

These malicious acts are capable by conducting war-driving activities at influential communities mainly populated by entertainers and their executive staff. defines war driving as the act of locating and possibly exploiting connections to wireless local area networks while driving around a city or elsewhere. To do war driving, you need a vehicle, a computer (which can be a laptop), a wireless Ethernet card set to work in promiscuous mode, and some kind of an antenna which can be mounted on top of or positioned inside the car. Because a wireless LAN may have a range that extends beyond an office building, an outside user may be able to intrude into the network, obtain a free Internet connection, and possibly gain access to records and other resources.

The need to properly secure wireless networks in the home or business is paramount. Not only will your personal data be at risk, but national security may also be an issue.

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