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To me, fear-mongering quasi-news reports are worse than spam. That’s why I had to publicize this item, provocatively titled “Drive-by spam hits wireless LANs.” A reader thinks, “Oh no, the ante’s being raised agsin in the wireless security problem,” or (if you’re as perverse as I am), “Gee, there’s room for innovation in every dumb thing people do.”
But actually read the report–what is this supposed vulnerability in wireless? Spammers are just exploiting the old trick of finding a mail server that’s an open relay. Is that news?
And is the quoted speaker, Adrian Wright, telling us that driving by a wireless network is easier than probing IP addresses from the comfort of one’s apartment? Perhaps if companies attach internal mail servers (with private IP addresses) to their wireless LAns, and are less cautious with their configuration than with public servers, but that’s a lot of ifs.
I have neither a persecution complex nor a paranoid personality, but I think somebody’s down on wireless (an extremely promising technology) and is throwing any mud they can find at it–and sometimes mixing their own mud out of some pretty damn dry clay.
What else (besides the well-publicized holes) do we have to worry about with wireless security?