Saturday, January 22, 2005

Warning: Evil Twin Hotspot Alert

If you have a wireless laptop and plan to use it in public spaces, be warned, there's a new way that hackers have for getting your information.

Basically, they have developed a technique, known as creating an "Evil Twin" hotspot, where they can override the signal of the hotspot that you are using and can imitate the hotspot from their own machines, which means that even though you think that you're signing into a legitimate connection point, you're actually passing all of your data through them.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any good way to detect or prevent this, right now, so the advice of the day is that when you are surfing in public, avoid going to sights with private information (e.g., your email) and ABSOLUTELY avoid conducting any financial transactions.

For more information, see this article.

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