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Old 11-16-2008, 03:12 AM
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What are some of the negatives of having an Open AP, or even a WEP AP?
What can someone do if they connect / hack into your “home” network?
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:16 AM
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change the password, just to be a jerk.

download kiddy ****

send threatening letters to politicians

commit fraud

send 10,000 emails about the Rolex Viagra watch, which dispenses a pill every 4 hours
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I guess being a jerk would be just to annoy someone but would people consistently do that as a prank? Seems like a waste of time.

The other stuff they can do anywhere. So the main drawback of a hacker getting into my network is that they might chew up bandwidth? Or are you saying that by opening a network, one would face the "philosophical ramifications" of possibly assisting these activities?
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:05 PM
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No, I'm saying you could face legal ramifications.

If it takes less time to do it
than it does to explain why you didn't do it
just do it.
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:45 PM
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That kind of doesn't make sense. Do people actually get "raided" for things like this? It's sort of like how ppl can get a virus and start attacking a server from their computer unknowingly.

I would imagine that it takes a lot more to get a warrant than just detecting that some illegal activity is comming from your IP address. Considering that there are so many open WiFi all over the place...including shops.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:19 PM
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Default Wireless Security

If you don't have proper security or no security at all then neighbors or other that can reach your wireless signal could:
1. Use your internet connection. If you have flat rate, they will decrease bandwidth for you.
2. They could hack data on your PC or PCs.
3. If they have viruses or worms they could infect you
4, They could use your connection for internet attacks and frauds and you will be responsible
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Default Wireless Security clear the name of AP

if you wont to not hacked your AP clear dhe name of AP.
This is the best way to not hacked.
But if anyone have a Linux or Beta Track OS can simply hacked your AP.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:44 PM
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They can install keystroke software to determine your usnernames and passwords for sensitive sites like your online banking etc.
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I wouldn't use WEP at all. WEP was developed in the early 90's. It can be hacked easily in 5 mins. Some other IT students and I did a test and we cracked our key in 10 mins. Of course WPA is also hackable. Hackers just need to capture your 4-way handshake and then decode it. The downside is they have to run it against a dictionary file. So if your passphrase is a random combination of uppercase and lowercase letters and punctuation you should be fine. What I do is WPA, not broadcast your ESSID (name), and turn on mac address filtering. Still hackable but just enough trouble to deter hackers.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:31 PM
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They can install keystroke software to determine your usnernames and passwords for sensitive sites like your online banking etc.
How do they do that? I thought that info gets encrypted before it's sent over the net.
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I wouldn't use WEP at all. WEP was developed in the early 90's. It can be hacked easily in 5 mins. Some other IT students and I did a test and we cracked our key in 10 mins. Of course WPA is also hackable. Hackers just need to capture your 4-way handshake and then decode it. The downside is they have to run it against a dictionary file. So if your passphrase is a random combination of uppercase and lowercase letters and punctuation you should be fine. What I do is WPA, not broadcast your ESSID (name), and turn on mac address filtering. Still hackable but just enough trouble to deter hackers.
Doesn't sound like it's worth the trouble always.
Arround me there are so many other WEP and open networks...and anyway it seems that if you use that WPA stuff, I don't think older 802.11b devices work right? I remember seeing that.

I suppose the best defense is really to have a computer firewall and don't put sensitive files on share.
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If you use POP3 for email bear in mind that your username and password are sent unencrypted so if you are using an open, unencrypted, wireless network this information could be sniffed. The perp could then access your email directly and gather information about you and your contacts and he could use your email address to send malicious messages.
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If you use POP3 for email bear in mind that your username and password are sent unencrypted so if you are using an open, unencrypted, wireless network this information could be sniffed. The perp could then access your email directly and gather information about you and your contacts and he could use your email address to send malicious messages.
Wow! POP3 kinda sux!

What about all those people who email at Coffee shops and stuff? I bet one thing hackers may do is sit arround there with sniffered looking for collections of email accounts!
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:18 PM
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I guess being a jerk would be just to annoy someone but would people consistently do that as a prank? Seems like a waste of time.

The other stuff they can do anywhere. So the main drawback of a hacker getting into my network is that they might chew up bandwidth? Or are you saying that by opening a network, one would face the "philosophical ramifications" of possibly assisting these activities?
I thought the same thing about these people that waste time like this, but I guess there is actually a benefit to the madness. Someone showed me an article one day & I couldn't believe it. I wanted to share it with you, but I couldn't find it right now. When I do I'll post a link to it because it blew my mind.
But anyhow, yeah, make sure your network is secure. Even if it's just to keep your neighbors out of your computer. Better safe than sorry.
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Hi..
The other stuff they can do anywhere.
So the main drawback of a hacker getting
into my network is that they might chew
up bandwidth? Or are you saying that by
opening a network, one would face the
"philosophical ramifications" of possibly
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