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Post by DarthTrader on 29/10/2010, 20:53

New Firefox addon allows anyone to intercept public WiFi sessions:
http://steve.grc.com/2010/10/28/why-firesheeps-time-has-come/
In case you’ve been somewhere off the grid, and have somehow missed the news, Firesheep is an incredibly easy to use add-on for the Firefox web browser that, when invoked while connected to any open and unencrypted WiFi hotspot, lists every active web session being conducted by anyone sharing the hotspot, and allows a snooping user to hijack any other user’s online web session logon with a simple double-click of the mouse. The snooper, then logged on and impersonating the victim, can do anything the original logged on user/victim might do.

Firesheep’s creators will be the first to tell you that what it is doing is not rocket science. The hacking capability to do this has been known and freely available within the hacking community for many years while the security community has been screaming into deaf ears about the need to fix the easily remedied configuration problems that make this possible. But thanks to Firesheep, reports are now coming in of people seeing other people using Firesheep in public WiFi hotspot settings.
Encryption and SSL/TLS protocol are the solutions. Smile

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Re: Firesheep

Post by languy99 on 30/10/2010, 01:56

You could also use Comodo Trust Connect when you are accessing websites that have sensitive info on public wireless networks. That way you don't have to wait for those companies to fix their system you are protected right now.
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