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Re: Case studies / statistics on wireless security?
From: Matt Taylor <mtaylor () clippercitynetworks com>
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2004 14:32:52 -0400


Offhand I cannot recall any specific URLs that would contain good data
about the frequency and severity of wireless attacks.  But I am sure
that you will get some good reference points from this list.  

From my limited perspective, it would seem that any data or statistic
would be flawed by the mere fact that most people don't even know if
their machine has been compromised.  Someone sniffing traffic in a cyber
cafe may net an email password or two, but that is really about it, and
John Q. User would never even know it, therefor it would not be
reported.  On a larger scale we know that many corporate security
breaches are not reported to the authorities for business reasons.  I
would tend to weigh these two factors (ignorance & business
considerations) against any data that I found. 

-Matt 

On Tue, 2004-04-06 at 00:43, Henry Masa wrote:
I recently gave a short talk about wireless security at the nonprofit
organization I work at.  In the first part of the hour discussion I
discussed open public hot-spots -- Internet cafes, airport lounges, the
random unrestricted access point -- and some potential threats you expose
yourself to, such as sniffing and man-in-the-middle attacks.  One
participant in the discussion asked for evidence that these types of attacks
really do occur, and I could not readily refer her to a good source of
information.
 
My belief is the threat is real and I would like to be able to validate my
theory.  But I can't find a reliable source of information about the
prevalence of this type of activity.  Are there Web sites, articles, recent
books, etc. that provide statistics or case studies of compromises to
wireless data transmission or privacy?  Thanks.
 
- Hank


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