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On Vacation? Better Check That Wireless Network You're On...

Category: Networking, Internet
Posted: 02:35PM

A recent study done by AirTight Networks, a wireless security company, shows some shocking statistics about Wi-Fi at airports. They sent some "white-hat" staff members to check to see how secure the wireless was in 27 airports: 20 in the U.S., five in Asia and two in Europe. What they found was not good. At JFK International Airport in New York, the baggage-handling system was being run on network with no security measures in place. At other airports, even the ticketing systems weren't secured. In fact, 88% of the Wi-Fi networks surveyed were secured by Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which has been cracked since 2001. Even worse, 77% were actually peer-to-peer networks, not even official hotspots but instead running off of someone else's computer. And almost everywhere they went, they found fake Wi-Fi networks set up by hackers. To quote AirTight investigator Rick Farina: "We found a lot of people using insecure Wi-Fi, and people engaged in all sort of dangerous activity — checking their e-mail, doing their banking, buying stock. These are not the kinds of thing you want to be doing on public Wi-Fi." Be wary next time you go on vacation, and be doubly wary what you do on the wireless networks.

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tkrow21 on July 10, 2009 10:19PM
Thanks so much! The day before I leave for vacation, haha!
Andrewr05 on July 11, 2009 06:18AM
You would think that connecting to an unknown Wireless connection regardless of its SSID would be common knowledge?
Fireonice on July 11, 2009 07:17AM
Your crazy andrew lol I'd say more than 75% of the population doesn't know jack about computers. Let alone how secure there pc is...
Andrewr05 on July 11, 2009 10:54PM
Yeah, I gues you're right. ---- People just think "Oooooh free internet!".
GabrielT on July 13, 2009 12:52AM
...But I like free things, you mean there might be consequences to being greedy? Weird I thought because it was to good to be true and therefore had to be true.
GabrielT on July 13, 2009 12:53AM
Crap I wish i could edit that^ well you guys get the point.

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