All of the traditional network attacks apply to WLANs, compounded by the lack of physical security inherent to wireless. This includes application cracking, sniffing, spoofing, denial of service, and of course social engineering. In addition, "airborne" wireless viruses will invariably pose a problem, although no one can predict when or to what extent. Anyone who says that wireless viruses will never exist or will never be troublesome has not really studied the viral cycle beyond elementary biology. The truth is that in nature viruses infect ALL organisms, even simple bacteria. Thus, any new technology or platform will eventually be vulnerable when it reaches a modicum of sophistication. It is a natural law.
What are your predictions for the future when it comes to wireless security?
Whether for good or for evil, Microsoft is set to dominate the handheld and miniature device OS market. Not only is Windows CE robust, efficient and truly multi-tasking, but we must not forget that Microsoft has a tendency towards "over-enthusiastic" methods of competition. Thus, Pocket PC and Smartphone (and other spinoffs of CE) will probably dominate, whether we like it or not. Unfortunately, as Microsoft itself admits, Pocket PC itself is utterly bereft of any security architecture whatsoever. Although Microsoft plans to fix this, it is more likely that we will have to rely on third party products.
What are your future plans? Any exciting new projects?
We have several new and exciting tools currently in beta testing that we will be releasing soon. At Airscanner we are trying to make these products as technically advanced as possible, while keeping them easy to use and free of charge for home users. We are also working on another book that hopefully should be in print by summer 2003. With each book we try to address an entirely new technology, or else to present parts of it that have never before been seen in the world. We constantly strive to improve ourselves in order to best serve humanity.
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