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Commuters Hack Wireless Networks

Wireless hacking is most likely to occur during the rush hour, a survey has found. Jumping on to the increasing number of wireless networks around cities such as London has become something of a hobby for hackers and those seeking to gain free access to the internet. The security arm of consultancy firm KPMG set out to discover just how big a menace so-called war driving is to London businesses. It set up three wireless “honeypots” around the City of London in an attempt to lure hackers. Not all harmless. The dummy set-up appeared to be a legitimate corporate wireless network but actually recorded and analysed the activity of users trying to access it. It found that the most popular time for war driving was between nine and 10 am and between five and six pm. This suggested to investigators that people scan for wireless access points during their commutes to and from the office, either on foot or in the car. Virtually no activity was recorded at weekends. Full Story

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