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Author : John Seymour
Article ID : 34
Audience : Top News
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Published Date: 2005/1/21 17:28:57
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Click to see original Image in a new window At an upcoming event in London an IT security expert, an academic, and the UK's cyber crime unit will give a taste of some of the dangers of wireless networking.

The featured exploit is one that is dubbed "The Evil Twin." This is carried out by a malicious server acting as a legitimate WiFi access point, and blocking the legitimate one by using a stronger signal. So then users unknowingly log onto the malicious server and thereby opening themselves up to information hijacking in the way of passwords, bank transactions and whatever other personal and private information can be harvested.

The free event—which also includes presentations from the U.K.'s National High Tech Crime Unit and an IT security specialist—is designed to give the public some idea of the potential dangers they face when using public Wi-Fi hot spots. The U.K. has one of the highest concentrations of Wi-Fi hot spots in the world, with over 1,000 commercial hot spots in London alone. Overall, the U.K. has more than 9,300 hot spots, second only to the United States, with more than 22,000, according to online Wi-Fi guide Jwire

The full story can be found at: Eweek-Mobile and Wireless

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