Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Saturday 06 May 2006 03:00 \__
>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, John Bailo
>> on Fri, 05 May 2006 17:50:40 -0700
>>> Linonut wrote:
>>>> My daughter's law school essentially requires a wireless card, so I
>>> We might see more of that. I mean, who wants to maintain wires when you
>>> can set up a single router on a street light outside the dorm room.
>> I sure hope that the protocols aren't susceptible to eavesdropping
>> attacks. There's also an intriguing variant of the "man-in-the-middle";
>> a wireless provider might be nice -- or nasty.
>> Me, I'm a wired man.
> Depending on what you do, it can be harmless. For the (wo)man that checks
> some Hotmail account on occasions, there is no much to be lost. To the
> Webmaster who uses plain ol' ASCII-mode FTP, this could lead to disaster.
> That said, you'd have to live in a certain _type_ of neighbourhood to
> become apprehensive for this.
How about Central London, say, where cons with a laptop sit in a hotel
lobby, set up a web-page which looks convincingly like the hotel's, and
capture credit-card details & address and then go on a shopping spree...
How does it work? Well, many many business travellers will log into a
local wireless net to check their emails and so on, and few of them are
aware of how risky this can be.
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