Careful wireless communication

Thursday, 26 February 2004, 6:06 PM EST

Mass wireless communication has changed the world and will continue to do so in the future. But it also opens up a range of security problems that many people simply do not understand.

Here at 3GSM everyone who is anyone in the mobile sphere is meeting, greeting and showing their wares. You'd think that the mobile elite would be security conscious but, sadly, this is not the case. They are just as fallible as the novice computer user.

Wandering around the halls with a simple scanner attached to my laptop I found unsecured wireless networks and plenty of open Bluetooth connections from phones and PDAs.

Other networks could be cracked using freely available applications or simple common sense. The first thing a hacker will try is the default passwords on a wireless portal and in this case they'd be in luck.

By Iain Thomson at vnunet.

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