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Re: Woo hoo, wireless!

  • Subject: Re: Woo hoo, wireless!
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 12:22:20 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Saturday 06 May 2006 03:00 \__
>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, John Bailo
>> <jabailo@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>  wrote
>> on Fri, 05 May 2006 17:50:40 -0700
>> <jbCdnehwdbl9b8bZRVn-uQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
>>> 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.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
- Kahlil Gibran

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