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Interesting article on internet insecurity

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Askari Kanzu, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users

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    By KATE MURPHY

    You may think the only people capable of snooping on your Internet activity are government intelligence agents or possibly a talented teenage hacker holed up in his parents’ basement. But some simple software lets just about anyone sitting next to you at your local coffee shop watch you browse the Web and even assume your identity online.

    “Like it or not, we are now living in a cyberpunk novel,” said Darren Kitchen, a systems administrator for an aerospace company in Richmond, Calif., and the host of Hak5, a video podcast about computer hacking and security. “When people find out how trivial and easy it is to see and even modify what you do online, they are shocked.”


    Until recently, only determined and knowledgeable hackers with fancy tools and lots of time on their hands could spy while you used your laptop or smartphone at Wi-Fi hot spots. But a free program called Firesheep, released in October, has made it simple to see what other users of an unsecured Wi-Fi network are doing and then log on as them at the sites they visited.

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    oooo my god! i did not know this!!! Shocked!!!..

    [I was looking for a sarcastic smile from the emoticons, i cudnt find one!]

    Come on!
     
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    Hoi Ruwa!!
     
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    Is talking about insecurity on unsecured WIFi. I was very curious to try right now. now i test my onw netwokr tommorow may be
     
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    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Right on. Eric Butler, the software developer, writes: On an open wireless network, cookies are basically shouted through the air, making these attacks extremely easy.
     
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    Hii habari ya Firesheep ni ya muda kidogo na wengi bado kuijua vizuri ila Mozilla wameziba hilo 'shimo' kwenye release yao latest. Ila ukisoma waliojaribu inaoneka kuwa simpo kweli hebu mcheki huyu How to Hijack Facebook Using Firesheep - PCWorld
     
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    no surprising at all
     
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    It's not meant to surprise you, buddy!
     
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    lyimoc Senior Member

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    Nani aliyejaribu akafanikiwa?
     
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