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Wired: Linux Tool Reveals Flaws in Wireless Networks

Aug 21, 2001, 21:20 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

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"AirSnort uses a completely passive attack: An AirSnort user needs only a Linux-operated computer with a wireless network card, and access to whatever wireless network he or she wishes to crack.

Many wireless networks allow amazingly easy access to unauthorized users, as some have discovered when their laptops suddenly connect to the Internet when they are in or near a building that has a wireless network.

"I've been able to connect to networks when standing outside of businesses, hospitals or Internet cafés that offer the service," said Mark Denon, a freelance technology writer."

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