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Security UPDATE -- The Perils of Mobile Computing -- July 13,




Security UPDATE -- The Perils of Mobile Computing -- July 13,
Security UPDATE -- The Perils of Mobile Computing -- July 13,



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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 
place. Some cities and towns even provide free Internet access over 
public networks. Chances are high that unless you live in a very rural 
area, one or more of your neighbors has a home wireless network. 
Chances are also high that many of those neighboring wireless networks 
are wide open, and anybody can connect without the owner's permission. 
And, invariably, sooner or later somebody does just that. 

With the proliferation of wireless networks comes the very attractive 
opportunity to use mobile computing in all sorts of ways. For example, 
many coffee shops offer free wireless access, as do libraries and 
restaurants. So if you're a telecommuter working on the road somewhere, 
or just want to check your email or do a little Web surfing without 
going back to your own network, you can use any number of public 
wireless networks. 

A problem with the ease-of-use that open wireless networks offer is 
that invariably some people can't resist using an open wireless network 
even if it's not expressly made open for the public. That's when simple 
wardriving can become a criminal act. After all, the unauthorized use 
of a network is a crime in most places today. So if you discover a 
wireless network and decide to use it, you might be committing a crime. 

Last week, a precedent for increased arrests began to develop in 
Florida. A man discovered that another man was sitting outside his 
house in a vehicle while using a laptop. The man in the house 
apparently had an open wireless network, and the man in the vehicle had 
connected to the wireless network without permission and was using it 
for what are at this time unknown purposes. Eventually, the homeowner 
informed the police, who subsequently arrested and charged the man in 
the vehicle. He now faces a criminal case. 

The man's illegal use of someone else's network is puzzling. If I 
understand correctly, the incident took place in St. Petersburg, which 
is the fourth largest city in Florida with a population of nearly 
250,000. Certainly, there must be many places that offer free public 
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 
interesting questions. 

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 
misuse company equipment. 

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