Alberta hackers find wireless networks wide open

Wednesday, 4 September 2002, 1:24 AM EST

Alberta hackers have discovered that two-thirds of the province's wireless computer networks are operating with an unsecured connection.

The results were collected during a highly unorganized "international wardriving day" held Saturday in Red Deer, Alta.

"Wardriving" — sometimes called "net stumbling" — is a game that grew out of an earlier activity called "war dialing," which was popularized in the 1983 movie War Games. In that film, software was used to dial many phone numbers automatically, looking for lines that are answered by modems.

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