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1. In Focus: The Perils of Mobile Computing
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==== 1. In Focus: The Perils of Mobile Computing === by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
Over the past few years, wireless networks have spread all over the
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for what are at this time unknown purposes. Eventually, the homeowner
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The man's illegal use of someone else's network is puzzling. If I
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wireless network access, so why did the man choose to break into
someone else's network? I don't know, but the incident does raise some
What if that man was using a computer provided by his company? Or what
if he was checking email on his company's mail server? Would that then
make the company liable for the man's actions? If nothing else, the
incident points out that businesses that provide wireless devices to
their employees should probably consider implementing policies that
stipulate acceptable use of those devices. Without such policies,
businesses are more open to potential legal problems if employees
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Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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