[ISN] Half of wireless networks unsecured in Queensland

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 00:37:15 -0500 (CDT)

By Robyn Ironside and Paul Donoughue
The Courier-Mail
May 24, 2010

THOUSANDS of Queensland homes and businesses are vulnerable to computer 
hackers and identity thieves because their wireless networks are 

An unsecured wireless network has minimal or no security settings 
enabled, and no password, or the user has not changed the default 
password on their wireless router, enabling those within range to easily 
tap in.

Police estimate an "amazing" 50 per cent of wireless internet 
connections are unsecured after conducting a "wardriving" campaign 
through regional centres.

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said wardriving involved driving 
around with an in-car computer looking for unprotected Wi-Fi networks.

"You wouldn't go out to work each day and leave the front door unlocked 
but with an unsecured wireless network that's essentially what you're 
doing," Supt Hay said.


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