Wireless Devices - Security Risk?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by b1377, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. b1377

    b1377 Guest

    From http://www.vnunet.com/news/1155700 --->
    "...companies which had not installed any wireless technology were
    also at risk because wireless is shipping in devices from PDAs and
    mobile phones to notebook computers".

    "He pointed out that Intel's Centrino wireless
    capability was embedded in 42 per cent of notebook
    computers shipped last year, and will be in 90 per
    cent of notebooks shipped this year".

    "Whether you're using that wireless capability or not,
    every wireless notebook represents a clear and present
    danger to the security of your computer network".
    If you don't have any access points active/connected, how are these
    devices a risk?

    Jim Benner
    b1377, Jun 9, 2004
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  2. consider this, someone brings a wireless access point (a
    switch/hub/router) near your office complex, they plug in their laptop
    and "listen" for a Centrino device. Typically, the device is by default
    configured DHCP and *could* have network shares or open vulnerabilities
    in the OS. They hack into the listening computer, because the DHCP
    connection has been established without user intervention or
    knowledge... gain sensitive info, passwords, usernames, etc, which would
    lead to more and more. etc.

    just a scenerio, but a potential risk.

    Colonel Flagg

    Privacy at a click:

    Q: How many Bill Gates does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: None, he just defines Darkness? as the new industry standard..."

    "...I see stupid people."
    Colonel Flagg, Jun 9, 2004
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