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Yesterday at the Shmoocon conference in Washington DC self-described hacker Mark Loveless reminded us that it's risky to leave the WiFi enabled on an XP laptop.  But note that if you've got SP2 with the firewall enabled you're at very low risk.

While I don't think this news item will garner nearly as much attention as Mark Russinovich's discovery the Sony rootkit, it is still good to know.  What I find particularly annoying is that someone could do a drive-by with a high-powered WAP set with the same SSID as a given company uses.  One of those high-gain directional antennas you can make out of a Pringles can would be optimal for something like this:

Any of the systems in a company that don't use a firewall solution could then be open to attack.

Moral of the story: If you're going out in the rain then please put on your galoshes!

 

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 2:19 AM Exploits | Back to top


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Any of the systems in a company that don't use a firewall solution could then be open to attack.

Moral of the story: If you're going out in the rain then please put on your galoshes!
Left by Tiffany co Rings on Oct 17, 2009 11:53 PM

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Very nice to see these developments, which will no doubt feed the trend of blurring the definition between what is a camera, and what is a camcorder.
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Hey webmaster, nice post! Please keep it up.
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