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    Infosec: Hackers use fake Wi-Fi Hotspots to Launch Attacks

    Date26 Apr 2007
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    Posted ByBill Keys
    The next time you splurge on a double latte and sip it while browsing the internet via the cafe's Wi-Fi, beware of the "evil twin."

    That is the term for a Wi-Fi access point that appears to be a legitimate one offered on the premises, but actually has been set up by a hacker to eavesdrop on wireless communications among internet surfers

    Unfortunately, experts say there is little consumers can do to protect themselves, but enterprises may be in better shape.

    With the growth in wireless networks, the "evil twin" type of attack is on the rise, said Phil Cracknell, president of the UK branch of the Information Systems Security Association. Such attacks are much easier than others seeking logins or passwords, such as phishing, which involves setting up a fraudulent web site and luring people there, Cracknell said.

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