Open WiFi Continues To Invite Disaster - Page 2
The damage can be even more severe for businesses that fail to adequately protect their networks. Police in Seattle, WA. recently uncovered a scheme where a group of criminals preyed upon businesses still relying on the outdated WEP standard. Using a specially equipped vehicle, the criminals would locate vulnerable wireless networks, exploit the flawed encryption, and collect the personal and financial data that was housed within the business networks. Such a security breach is incredibly hard to detect, as the perpetrator doesn’t even need to remain stationary while stealing the information, and is unlikely to be detected until it is far too late to stop them.
In short, while WiFi isn’t a physical medium that can be guarded, it is absolutely critical that every user takes steps to secure their systems from potential exploitation. In many cases, those who are victimized never even find out exactly who has accessed their systems, but are held responsible for the actions of their unseen assailants. If you are currently using an open wireless connection, or one that is still using outdated security methods, take action to protect yourself and your data. Enable security where applicable, and if you don’t own the network, either insist that it be secured or refrain from using it. At this point, it’s becoming far too risky to not take security into your own hands.