Here is something for the snoops to work on…

Hey, NSA, as long as you are out there snooping, how about finding out who is creating and spreading shit like this and taking them down? This is terrorism that costs many billions of dollars a year in theft, lost productivity and repair costs. It would be no more costly to the economy if they were burning down houses.

So, sic ‘em, NSA! Go get ‘em!

Computer science researchers have demonstrated for the first time how a digital virus can go airborne and spread via WiFi networks in populated areas at the same pace as a human diseases.

The “Chameleon” virus, designed by a University of Liverpool team, showed a remarkable amount of intelligence by avoiding detection and breaking into personal and business WiFi networks at their weakest points — spreading at an alarming rate.

Network Security Professor Alan Marshall said the virus doesn’t try to damage or disrupt established networks — instead, the virus slips in unnoticed to collect the data and log-in information of all users connected to the network via WiFi, and seeks other WiFi networks through them — a much more subtle, sinister and dangerous objective.

“WiFi connections are increasingly a target for computer hackers because of well-documented security vulnerabilities, which make it difficult to detect and defend against a virus,” Marshall said in a ScienceBlog report. “It was assumed, however, that it wasn’t possible to develop a virus that could attack WiFi networks — but we demonstrated that this is possible and that it can spread quickly.”

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2 Responses to Here is something for the snoops to work on…

  1. rj says:

    With all the info kept and stored on smart phones I gotta wonder how much info regarding banking passwords and stuff like that is captured and stolen while folks are walking around the malls.

    In know I’ve seen a big increase in account take overs, not just stolen cc numbers, bank accounts being remotely accessed using account numbers and passwords, money spent right out of the account via on line wire or account to prepaid cc transfers.

  2. reboot says:

    Turn off your wifi and blutooth when you are not using it on the streets. That’s a good start.
    From an unofficial source, I’ve been told that RFID readers have been developed up to about 100 or more feet. I’d recommend the special envelopes if you have those kinds of credit/banking cards.

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