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IBM tackles drive-by hacking

IBM has developed software which it claims can effectively prevent drive-by hacking. Software developed by IBM Research in the US apparently turns servers into wireless auditing sniffers that alert administrators if a network has misconfigured wireless access points. The . . .
IBM has developed software which it claims can effectively prevent drive-by hacking. Software developed by IBM Research in the US apparently turns servers into wireless auditing sniffers that alert administrators if a network has misconfigured wireless access points. The software sits on laptops and PCs, analysing traffic on an internal 802.11 wireless network and sending data to a centralised server, the company said.

The Distributed Wireless Security Auditor runs on the Linux operating system and will be commercially available later this year. A version for Windows is being developed. An early version, introduced last year, ran on Linux on personal digital assistants. The new version includes the self-sensor and self-diagnosis features.

Big Blue has plans to pre-load the software onto business versions of its ThinkPad laptops, which are equipped with an 802.11 wireless network capability.

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