[Marxism] Scammer's latest ploy on the Internet

David Picón Álvarez david at miradoiro.com
Fri Nov 9 14:41:49 MST 2007


From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com>
"[...]
thought that the old password might have been detected by someone who
broke into my wireless network at home, but this seems unlikely since I
have a firewall."

The way wireless networks work, they can be passively monitored and the 
packets can be analyzed, even if firewalled, since wireless requires 
broadcasting. Encryption on the wireless network makes it better, but for 
some incomprehensible reason the standards for wireless encryption are crap 
and tend to be breakable within a couple of days of brute force at worst.

Sorry for the OT, btw, just hought people might want to know that if they're 
using a wireless network they're effectively broadcasting their data.

--David.




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