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Hackers cash in on 802.1x confusion  03 August 2005 
Source: IT Week - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Companies are leaving their wireless networks exposed to hackers because of widespread failure to understand or implement 802.11x security systems, a survey has claimed.

 
The Threat From Within  02 August 2005 
Source: Network Magazine - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Malicious insiders represent today's toughest challenge for security architects. Traditional database security tools such as encryption and access controls are rendered useless by a trusted employee who has--or can easily obtain--the right credentials. In addition, more users in the enterprise are getting database access, including DBAs, application developers, software engineers, and even marketing, HR, and customer support representatives. And whether spurred by revenge or tempted by easy money, insiders can sell their booty on a bustling information black market.

 
Wireless hijacking under scrutiny  01 August 2005 
Source: BBC News - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
A recent court case, which saw a West London man fined £500 and sentenced to 12 months' conditional discharge for hijacking a wireless broadband connection, has repercussions for almost every user of wi-fi networks.

 
Is wireless security pointless?  21 July 2005 
Source: SearchSecurity - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
What with country singer Lee Greenwood's recorded rendition of patriot songs like "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah" and "God Bless America" playing over the sound system at 8:30 a.m. in the Commerce Department auditorium in Washington, D.C., one could have been excused for thinking the July 20 conference: "Pharmers and Spimmers, Hackers and Bluejackers: Combating Wireless Security Threats" was taking place during a national emergency. Far from it.

 
Noisy party: complainant arrested for stealing?  11 July 2005 
Source: The I-Kew - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
The basic facts are that Benjamin Smith III used someone else's WiFi network. The facts aren't in dispute; Smith parked his vehicle outside the home of Richard Dinon, logged onto the network, and did some surfing.

"Surprise! Stealing is illegal!" bellowed Larry Seltzer in his ZD security blog.

 
Wi-Fi mooching and the law  08 July 2005 
Source: CNET News - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
The recent arrest of a Florida man on charges of unauthorized use of a wireless network could set legal ground rules for open Wi-Fi access.

A man sitting in a Chevy Blazer in a residential neighborhood reportedly was poking around nearby wireless networks in violation of computer crime laws, according to local police.

 
Mobile & Wireless World to focus on Wi-Fi, security, RFID  14 June 2005 
Source: ComputerWorld - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
When it comes to mobile and wireless technology, what keeps a CIO up at night? John Wade, CIO of the Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Mo., said he faces many of the same problems confronting other CIOs when it comes to supporting mobile and wireless technology in a large organization. Wade is one of 25 senior IT managers making presentations at Computerworld's Mobile & Wireless World conference this week in Scottsdale, Ariz. The event kicks off today, with an expected audience of about 300 attendees, including many senior IT managers, organizers said.

 
Cracking WEP in 10 minutes  08 June 2005 
Source: Jon Udell's Weblog - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Yesterday I started noticing referral traffic from myscreencast.com, a phpbb-based community site for finding and sharing screencasts. The most entertaining one I found is called Cracking WEP in 10 minutes. It was produced with Camtasia, but the action takes place in Whoppix, which describes itself thusly:

Whoppix is a stand alone penetration testing live cd based on Knoppix. With the latest tools and exploits, it is a must for every penetration tester and security auditor.

 
New hack cracks 'secure' Bluetooth devices  03 June 2005 
Source: New Scientist - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Cryptographers have discovered a way to hack Bluetooth-enabled devices even when security features are switched on. The discovery may make it even easier for hackers to eavesdrop on conversations and charge their own calls to someone else’s cellphone.

 
An Easier Way To Secure Wireless Networks  23 May 2005 
Source: Security Pipeline - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Best Buy reports that its most frequently returned products are Wi-Fi networking gear. While many end users want the benefits of Wi-Fi, apparently very few can figure out how to set the wireless security features and get them working properly. Even experienced networking pros have trouble configuring security on today's Wi-Fi networks.

 
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