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Re: OT: unathorized network user.



On 24/01/2008, Ed Greshko <Ed Greshko greshko com> wrote:
> Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
>
> > Well, threads tend to evolve. The OP was given an answer to his problem,
> > but was also told about the limits of that answer. From there the thread
> > evolved into a more general discussion of wireless security.
> >
> > When you are talking about wireless security, it is not just the
> > information on your local network that valuable. The network connection
> > itself is also valuable. This is especially true if the attacker wants
> > to do things that they do not want traced back to them. If they use your
> > connection to send out SPAM, you stand a good chance of having to prove
> > to your ISP that you did not do it. If they use it to break into another
> > system, you may end up explaining it to the police, or having to defent
> > yourself in court. If it is someone that lives close enough to use your
> > connection for long periods, they may use it for file sharing. This is
> > especially true if you have not changed your routers password, or have
> > UPnP enabled on the router.
>
> I can't help but thinking that if these problems were so prevalent that
> Starbucks would have discontinued offering wireless a long time ago.  Or,
> that no city would ever think of establishing a wireless network.
>

Starbucks (in fact, TMobile, or whoever happens to be running
the franchise) is acting as an ISP in that case.

-- 
imalone


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