Cool and Illegal Wireless Hotspot Hacks

    Date21 Jul 2006
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
    So, why write an article called "Cool and Illegal Wireless Hacks" that details how to perform hotspot hacks? Some would say it is irresponsible and enables those with ill intent to hack unsuspecting victim's machines. It really depends which way you look at it. Would you rather be left in the dark on what types of attacks can occur, how they are performed and not know how to protect yourself against them? Doing so would not make the threats go away; in part, you would simply be denying that they exist. Surely, it is safer to be open and honest about the threats, understand how they can occur then become educated on and implement the appropriate countermeasures. In large part, that is why my articles always detail not only how to perform the hacks, but really focus on how to protect against them. The purpose is not to teach people how to hack, but rather to educate on how to prevent systems from being exploited.

    Wireless hotspots are everywhere. With T-Mobile, Concourse, Wayport, etc., a mobile user can obtain connectivity quickly and easily in a wide variety of public locations. Some of these hotspots are free and some of them require a fee or subscription. Either way, you will continue to see how being in a public Wi-Fi hotspot poses the greatest security risk you will find.

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