TruSecure lables warchalking as hype

Tuesday, 27 August 2002, 2:04 PM EST

TruSecure's Research Group suggests that while several media outlets are reporting warchalking (the practice of marking the existence of a wireless network with chalk symbols near its physical location) as being a widespread practice, few actual "warchalks" exist.

Initial Assessment: Fact
Current Assessment: Hype
Threat: Low (The practice of warchalking is not widespread as of the present.)
Vulnerability Prevalence: Medium (Most wireless networks housed in the lower stories of buildings.)
Trend: Limited evidence of the existence of "warchalks" has been discovered by TruSecure's Research Group, but it is possible that warchalking could become a common practice in the future. Wardriving is already a popular practice.
Cost: Low
Vulnerable Systems: Any deployment of 802.11 wireless networking where the base station power is not adjusted to disallow connection from outside the building in which it is housed.

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