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Kaspersky Comments On Insecure Wi-Fi Networks

Kaspersky Lab UK : 18 October, 2010  (Technical Article)
Hacking home Wi-Fi in under five seconds a possibility if networks are not secured, according to CPP research and explained by a senior security researcher from Kaspersky Lab
David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, has commented on the results of research from the CPP that most home Wi-Fi connections can be hacked in less than five seconds.

"Most computers are wireless-enabled: they let you connect to the Internet without a physical network cable. The major benefit, of course, is that you can use your computer anywhere in the house or office (as long as it's within range of your wireless router). However, there are potential risks unless you secure your wireless network.

"First, someone could intercept data that you send and receive using your wireless network. You wouldn't talk about something personal in the street, where anyone could easily eavesdrop on your conversation. But that's what's happening if you don't secure your wireless router. Your e-mail, financial transactions, social network activities - all of these and more could be 'heard' by a stranger.

"Second, a stranger could get access to your wireless router and, through it, your computer(s).

"Third, anyone could use your wireless router to connect to the Internet. At first sight, this might not seem like a big deal - so what if a neighbour, for example piggybacks your broadband connection? But remember, you don't know what they're doing online. You wouldn't let a stranger 'borrow' your car - they might harm others, or use it as part of a robbery or some other illegal activity. The same is true of your wireless connection - anything they do using your network it looks like you're doing it."
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