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From: wlanmac <wlan <at> mac.com>
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Sent: Thursday, 18 September, 2008 10:19:20
Subject: Re: [wsfii-discuss] Fwd: [india-gii] poor WiFi encryption a security risk
It depends on what flavor of wireless security you are using. Though,
with so many open networks, I'm not sure it's worth going after the
secured networks unless the attacker it targeting someone specific.
Maybe terrorists are using the WiFi for it's convenience over sending
e-mails from hacked
machines on the Internet :)
On Thu, 2008-09-18 at 08:37 +0530, Ramnarayan.K wrote:
> As many of you might be aware , in the recent few months wi-fi
> (specifically open and / or unsecure wifi networks) have got a lot of
> bad press becausesuch networks were used by terrorists to send emails
> before bomb blasts (in delhi / bangalore / ahmedadbad) So would be
> interested to hear what folks have to say.
> am not an expert on w-ifi security but am wondering how difficult (and
> non traceable) would it be for a determined person using software that
> is readily available to take the next step i.e. break into a "secure"
> wi-fi network by listening in, capturing and analyszing wi-fi data
> packets (which include login usernames and passwords) .
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> From: Arun Mehta <arun.mehta <at> gmail.com
> Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:08 PM
> Subject: [india-gii] poor WiFi encryption a security risk
> To: india-gii <at> lists.cpsr.org
> should we, in our note, also point out that encrypting your WiFi
> communication is illegal unless you give government your key? Any down
> sides to making this argument?
> Do our experts agree that 3g encryption levels, unlike gsm, are
> acceptable, http://www.comp.brad.ac.uk/het-net/tutorials/P10.pdf
> Wi-Fi services under scanner again as Militants again use Wi-Fi spot
> to send email
> TT Correspondent | New Delhi | 14 Sep 2008
> The Wi-Fi services in the country are certain to face tough times
> ahead. First it was the Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts where it was
> found out that militants had claimed responsibility for the blasts
> using an unsecured Wi-Fi connection of an American executive.
> Yesterday's Delhi blasts reveal that the same concept was used this
> time as well. The Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the
> blasts using through an email sent through a unsecured Wi-Fi
> connection of Ms Kamran Power Private Limited in Chembur, Mumbai.
> These incidences have put a question mark on the security
> Wi-Fi services.
> While malls, commercial premises as well as Coffee shops are
> increasingly offering these services, the same is being done with
> little care for security aspects feel experts.
> The scenario is only set to become more complex after entry of
> wireless broadband services through WiMAX and data services through
> 3G, say observers.
> While internet cafes have been brought under the purview of law
> (atleast on papers) with identity cards and other details must before
> using the service, Wi-Fi services have come in handy for the
> militants who now need to identify only an unsecured Wi-Fi connection
> to send their message across to agencies without the fear of getting
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