Catching wireless hackers in the act

Tuesday, 3 September 2002, 11:24 AM EST

A heavily monitored wireless network was quietly set up this summer to lure hackers and keep track of attacks. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) created the network to study the methods of wireless vandals. It is the first wireless version of a so-called honeynet, networks of servers designed to lure in hackers and then monitor their actions.

"It is important to see how the bad guys are breaking into systems using not just wired networks, but wireless networks as well," said Lance Spitzner, founder of the Honeynet Project, the group that first created honeynets.

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