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Rogue WiFi access points in US confirmed

I was interested to read that industry predictions about rogue WiFi access points appearing at airports has come to fruition, with a news report about a number of fake access points appearing in the US.

According to US newswire reports, fake WiFi access points have been logged at US airports in Los Angeles and Atlanta, New York's LaGuardia and Chicago's O'Hare.

In Chicago, a survey found as many as 20 different networks advertising free wireless at once, according to the Better Business Bureau in Natick.

Logan International Airport, however, so far appears to have escaped he rogue networks, said a spokesperson for the airport.

"We do monitor the entire system, and we have found no problem that we're aware of," he told the Associated Press newswire.

The problem is caused because of the ad-hoc network facility on most WiFi cards and enabled laptops.

This allows peer-to-peer WiFi interworking, by-passing the need for a full access point to be simulated by hackers thirsty for your IDs and passwords.

The problem I've noticed is that, faced with an opportunity to save money, WiFi users seem to cast IT security worries to the wind.

At a T-Mobile hotspot in London recently, I noticed several peeps using a nearby freebie with great glee, rather than paying a few bob for legitimate access.

The freebie access was supposedly via a company access point, but there were no login details requested, so I opted to pass and use my package WiFi deal on T-Mobile instead...