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Microsoft wirelessly hacked

by Nikola Strahija on October 29th, 2002 While everybody is worried about protecting their cabled networks (Microsoft is probably the most worried) against traditional hacker attacks, the what’s so called “war driving” (hacking a wireless network) is a kind of new threat against which there is not yet enough awareness and against which no proper countermeasures are taken, yet.


Zone-H wants to report you what recently has happened to Microsoft three days ago, during an important exhibition.

Smau it’s the biggest Italian IT exhibition with millions of visitors coming from all over Europe and thousands of exhibitors coming from all over the world.

Microsoft this year, was ready to welcome the big visitors flow in one of their usual mega booth, in which a huge wireless LAN of more than one hundred linked PCs was organized by Microsoft’s technicians.

Guess what happened?

Some wireless hackers hacked into Microsoft’s wireless system halting most of the wi-fi network.

Microsoft’s technicians finally noticed the intrusion and tried to take proper countermeasures. They even called the Italian cyber police which team came to the exhibition attempting to identify the intruders.

Guess how it ended?

The Italian cyber police and Microsoft’s technicians weren’t able to handle the situation and to find the way to protect the wi-fi lan.

Guess how they solved the problem?

They worked overnight eliminating all the wi-fi infrastructures and connecting the full network with traditional physical cables.

Not bad, Microsoft…not bad!

- article available at http://www.zone-h.org -


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