Hackers Crack UK Wireless Networks

Monday, 7 April 2003, 4:29 PM EST

Insecure wireless networks across London are being exploited by hackers on a daily basis exposing businesses to cyber attacks, research by RSA Security revealed today. In a honey pot experiment, researchers planted two fake wireless networks in the City of London to record the numbers of hackers that would attack the network for illegal use.

Over a three week period, the networks were identified and used by malicious hackers on average once every second day of the experiment. The two wireless networks were connected to a total of 29 times and one in every four unauthorised users tried to use the network illegally. It is believed the remaining 75% of users were connected to the network unintentionally by Windows XP software running on their laptop computers, which if configured can detect and attempt to connect to new wireless networks as they come into range.

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