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'Evil twin' Wi-Fi hacks target the rich

'Evil twin' Wi-Fi hacks target the rich
'Evil twin' Wi-Fi hacks target the rich 

By Iain Thomson 
23 Nov 2006

Locations popular with high net worth individuals are being targeted by 
hackers using phoney wireless access points to steal personal 

So called 'evil twin' attacks involve putting a wireless access point 
near a commercial hotspot and giving it the same name.

When the unsuspecting user logs-on to the bogus hotspot their traffic is 
monitored, personal information can be gathered and in some cases the 
computer can be hacked remotely.

"We are not seeing these in Starbucks much, as there is not much value 
in a MySpace login," said Richard Rushing, chief science officer at 
Wi-Fi security firm AirDefense.

"Instead they are targeting the locations where the better-off are 
hanging out because they have something worth seeing."

Rushing explained that 'evil twins' had recently been found in the first 
class lounge of an international airport, and in garages that specialise 
in expensive cars that offered Wi-Fi while you wait. Train station 
lounges had also been targeted.

This form of attack uses social engineering and hacking, since a key 
part is lulling the suspect into a false sense of security but mimicking 
a legitimate service.

It also shows the extent to which hackers are having to deal with 
information overload from skimming too much information to process 

The attacks are a growing problem for security managers. While corporate 
Wi-Fi networks are increasingly being locked down on installation, it is 
the individual user who is now seen as the weakest link.

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