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War Driving India

  1. 1. The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories Page 1 of 1 Internet security big challenge for PC users Chitleen K. Sethi Tribune News Service Mohali, February 15 Anti-virus software developers might never be able to catch up with hackers. You have secured your computer from information theft and criminal hacking but in the end it just might be your mobile phone that lets you down. A new breed of criminal hackers called the quot;war driversquot; is becoming a serious threat to wireless network users. quot;Anyone with a notebook computer, an inexpensive wireless network card, freely downloaded software and an antenna made from something as simple as a can of packed food can hack into wireless networks in homes and companies from hundreds of feet away,quot; warned Mr Ravinder Singh Zandu, a senior scientist with the Centre for the Development of Avanced computing (CDAC), Mohali today. War driving is more than just a prank that makes your private conversation public. quot;Some intruders seek to access files and damage systems. Most wireless networks are completely unsecured. The easiest way to avoid mobile telephone hacking is encryption but manufacturers of wireless devices leave encryption turned off by default and give no information to the users about wireless encryption or any other added security measures. This makes it an easy task for anyone with a wireless setup to find and exploit the connection,quot;he said. Talking to a set of IT professionals who had gathered from all over the country to participate in the skill and technology upgradation seminar held at CDAC today, Dr Zandu said that for PC users, however, ensuring internet security remained the biggest challenge. quot;Most of the hacking server attacks are from dedicated amateur attackers known as script kiddies, who, without much knowledge, use tools that are freely available on the internet to probe networks for weaknesses. These tools scan the internet randomly looking for vulnerable systems, then exploit any weaknesses they find. With such tools available, a small anonymous company is potentially as much at risk as a well-known multinational corporation. Taking sensible precautions in general, and using up-to-date software in particular, would have easily prevented the attack,quot; he told The Tribune. 14-Dec-07