Friday, June 04, 2004

Catching a Virus Writer !

Like a sneeze in a crowded subway, it's hard to find the human source of the latest viral infection. On the Internet it's not much different. The people who write these nasty little programs and release them into the wild almost never get caught. Why? The answer is easy, but it's also a sort of technical nemesis: there's simply no way to track these people down.

" a virus writer today just needs to go out, connect to an open WiFi router, release a virus and walk out "

" There are simply too many ways to be anonymous on the Internet, and more so today than ever before. "

WiFi has exploded. Welcome to the truly anonymous Internet. There is no easier way to slip on and off the Internet now without being noticed than on an unsecured 802.11x wireless network in a coffee shop, under a tree in Central Park, at a library or even just leaked through the walls of the apartment next door.

There are a mind-boggling number of wireless access points now, and only the ubiquity of these devices is new: while four or five years ago I may have been the first on my block with WiFi, now there are so many devices I have to worry about interference.

More than that, there are a mind-boggling number of wireless access point that are not Secure by Default...

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