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A Security Nightmare: Wireless Security
"When we have our first big wireless security incident, you'll suddenly start to see people wonder," says James Lewis, director of technology and public policy programs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. "Will the convenience of wireless start to outweigh the security risks?"
Much of the focus has concentrated on wireless local area networks that businesses use to connect their desktops across campuses. The transmission standards have holes that can virtually announce themselves to nearby hackers sporting equipment they bought from the neighborhood electronics stores and software they found for free over the Internet. But standards groups are working on plugging those holes - just in time for the threat of the more wily mobile devices to loom.
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