Here's Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard

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  1. MrBrian

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  2. J_L

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    Interesting. Skimmed over the article, and it doesn't seem to disclose how he intercepted SSL, if he did so.
     
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    Nice "story".
     
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    It looks like he's hinting at using more tools than just something like Wireshark:

     
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    Its an interesting read. Lots of stuff similar to Backtrack forums every day. The public really doesn't have a clue how weak their security practices are.

    Here is an interesting and quite true story (not my story but I could do it easily). Sitting at a coffee shop and hack into Email/Facebook of a patron sitting there. Decide to send them a post warning them that they are hacked and even where they are sitting - exactly. Dazed and flustered they shut down their laptop. Within minutes they are back on and didn't change any practice or show any further security concerns. Can you believe that? Its a true story.
     
  6. RockLobster

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    Many public wifi's do not have any encryption turned on they are unsecured. When you connect to the network you are connecting to a gateway managed by a third party company, all the users use the same username and password to connect to that gateway.
    I am quite sure these company's are monitoring all traffic.
    A typical example of such a company, http://air2data.com/
    The only way to ensure they are not monitoring your traffic is to use end to end encryption, vpn's etc.
     
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