[oclug] Interesting drive home yesterday
oclug_mail at strosberg.com
Fri Apr 2 09:51:50 EST 2004
Yesterday I stopped partway home (Altavista & Industrial) and for the hell
of it turned on my laptop running Kismet with my (not particularly
sensitive) Netgear MA401 orinono-driver 802.11b card. I then drove home
to Orleans along Innes Rd. at normal speed and it recorded 55 Access
Points along the drive, 47 of which were not even WEP-encrypted, many in
default configuration, allowing anyone to reconfigure using factory
passwords & web access.
I had not realized scale of the epidemic-level stupidity.
Identity theft? It is child's play to hijack a connection and email
account from your car. Unencrypted POP access to ISPs (including passwords
& accounts) was recorded in my drive, as well as HTTP headers etc. Pr0n?
using a live CD based distribution on a laptop, you could make anyone look
like a downloader to their ISP - and leave no evidence behind. Copyrighted
material down & uploaders? You don't have to take chances with traceable
connections any more - just a drive. I couldn't imagine a RIAA case
standing up in court if the courts were aware of the ease of disproving
If we could see 80211 wireless broadcasts as smog, Ottawa would look like
a coal-burning steam train climbing the Rockies from the 1800s. The scary
thing about these numbers is that the bulk of them were corporate
locations, not residential!
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