Forbes – “Stores are finally turning to WiFi” but is security lacking?

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Really interesting article in Forbes by Verne Kopytoff on the reasons retailers have recognized the value of Wi-Fi for their customers and business processes. He notes that after years of resistance, stores have conceded that the shoppers have won the war. They want Wi-Fi and they will use their smartphones to check out deals. There… Read More

Wi-Fi Insecurity Wrap-up for 2010

The year 2010 witnessed continued growth in the enterprise WiFi deployments. The growth was fueled by the latest 802.11n revision to WiFi technology in the late 2009 and ready availability of WiFi in most consumer electronic devices launched in 2010, including the smart phones, printers, scanners, cameras, tablets, TVs, etc. The year 2010 also witnessed… Read More

Has your data been “Woogled”?!

Google Street View car gets a ticket

The WiFi snooping row  Google has gotten itself into seems to be far from over. In April, Google revealed that its Street View cars had been collecting basic data such as the MAC addresses and SSIDs of WiFi networks in the vicinity. But after German authorities asked Google to audit the data, it admitted to have been “mistakenly” snooping… Read More

WPA-PSK Passwords Now on Sale…Starting $17!

A cloud-based service called WPA Cracker launched last week promises to crack WPA-PSK (WiFi Protected Access with Pre-Shared Keying) for you starting $17 . Like any other password-based authentication system, WPA-PSK (and WPA2-PSK) is vulnerable to a “dictionary attack.” This is a brute force technique in which a hacker uses a dictionary or database of commonly used passwords to guess the WPA encryption key. The… Read More

How “soft APs” can create “soft spots” in your network security

In several of my recent wireless scanning exercises, I have encountered soft APs much more often than before. In one case, it was an employee who returned from business trip who had used USB WiFi AP in hotel to share his Internet connection with fellow workers (well, they did not all want to pay $5… Read More

802.11n ratified as IEEE standard

Finally the news that everybody in the WiFi world has been waiting for! Exactly six years after the 802.11n task group was formed, 802.11n got the final ratification as IEEE standard last Friday. It has also been reported that 802.11w (protection for 802.11 management frames) was also approved as a standard in the IEEE Standards Board meeting. If you… Read More

AirTight on Wired/Wireless Security at HP Technology Forum

AirTight’s director of technology joins HP ProCurve executives for two informative sessions at the HP Technology Forum in Las Vegas June 15-18, 2009, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Session: Wired/Wireless Management Speakers: Dr. Hemant Chaskar, Director of Technology, AirTight Networks, Carl Blume, HP This session offers timely advice for managing wireless and integrated wired/wireless… Read More