CeBIT closes, but WiFi memories linger on

The mighty CeBIT computer fair in Hannover, Germany, has just closed and Kaspersky Lab, the Russian IT security vendor, has wasted no time in publishing its research on the 300-plus WiFi access points which were in open operation across the campus.

The research - which was conducted by the company's senior virus analyst Alexander Gostev and Roel Schouwenberg, the firm's senior research engineer - discovered that hackers were using the multiple WiFi services at the show.

The local networks at CeBIT, says Kaspersky, usually have low security settings, mainly because they are set up quickly.

You can access the Kaspersky research here, but the most interesting aspect is that 56 per cent of access points at CeBIT had no encryption, compared to an industry observed average of 70 per cent.

On top of this, Kaspersky reports that eight per cent of access points had SSID enabled, preventing hackers gaining access, whilst 89 per cent of access points used WEP.

WEP isn't uncrackable, but it does deter casual hacking.

The other way of looking at it is that 11 per cent of CeBIT's WiFI access points were open to hackers. Not that bad, but that good either...