Seattle Wardriving

The police in Seattle have seized a black Mercedes thought to be used for large-scale “wardriving” data theft from area businesses. The owners were cruising around the city, looking for small businesses using vulnerable WEP encryption on their wireless networks, and then intercepting data for later use.

If your company has a wireless network, PLEASE be aware of the security implications of what you’re doing. Wireless isn’t like traditional Ethernet – the radio waves can travel right through the walls into the parking lot or other public space, and simple point-and-click eavesdropping tools make it easy for even a technical neophyte to gather data from a misconfigured network.

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