Why hackers don't care about Wi-Fi

Friday, 25 October 2002, 9:23 PM EST

Call them traditionalists, but breaching wireless networks apparently does not hold the same allure for hackers as wreaking havoc on closed systems via the wired Internet - at least not so far.

Despite efforts to ferret out truly insidious hacking on Wi-Fi systems, security experts generally have turned up little evidence of nefarious activity. For instance, one honeypot set up by a government contractor in the Washington, D.C., area earlier this year failed to attract much attention in its first few weeks.

One possible explanation is that hacking Wi-Fi is too easy. And with constant warnings about how porous these networks can be, users have been cautious about transmitting sensitive data over them, so there is not much to steal.

"It could be a case where there's been so much publicity about people being able to access these things that some hackers may not consider it much of a challenge," Meta Group (Nasdaq: METG) senior analyst Chris Kozup told NewsFactor.

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