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Wi-Fi Growth Highlights Poor Security
By: MarkJ - 11 March, 2005 (9:12 AM)

UK firms are increasingly adopting Wi-Fi (wireless) as a replacement for wired networks in the workplace, yet new research shows that over one third of global businesses have failed to make it secure:

The study, commissioned by RSA Security, estimated that wireless networks in Europe's financial capitals alone are growing at an annual rate of 66 per cent, and more than a third of businesses remain unprotected from this type of attack.

"For a potential hacker it is almost a case of walking down the street and trying all the doors until one opens. It is almost inevitable that one will," said John Worrall, vice president of worldwide marketing at RSA Security.

The research was based on studies in the business centres of New York, San Francisco, London and Frankfurt. Some 38 per cent of businesses in New York, 35 per cent in San Francisco, 36 per cent in London and 34 per cent in Frankfurt were at risk from drive-by hacking.

The research should be all the more worrying for the simple fact that SPAMMERS have been known to use such networks to distribute their mass of junk messages.

Thankfully just 12% of Londonís PUBLIC Wi-Fi hotspots were insecure, although we're surprised that such services haven't all been protected. More @ VNUNet.

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