WiFi's Evil Twin

Ouch... this Evil Twin wifi thing != good

By JC

I knew my day was going too well. This balances it out. Maybe it’s common sense, but I’d never thought of it. CNN has an article about the “Evil Twin” attack. The basic gist is Joe Random takes a wifi point, dumps it on the same channel, and with the same SSID as a public one, but with a boosted signal and more sensitive antenna. No one notices any difference… but all that unencrypted data’s getting logged for Joe Random to dig through later… and the next day, he can move his box somewhere else (or not).

Sure, you can stop this by only connecting to encrypted boxes.. but that’s not going to help most people. Not good, and I can’t really see any fix for it. This sucks, particularly if you’ve put alot of effort into setting up free wifi for your apartment complex like a certain FG editor.

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