Hidden second Wi-Fi network with the Thomson TWG870U router

Righard Zwienenberg from Norman Security Center Blog posted something interesting, Thanks to Mr. Fagerlid for Sharing: There is some commotion in The Netherlands. Telecom/ISP provider UPC is providing its customers with the Thomson TWG870U router, a Docsis 3.0 router. On the tweakers.net forum (Dutch language), a user discovered that the router, which is also providing Wireless Access, has a second hidden wireless network. Problem here is that: It is enabled by default when Wireless Access is enabled You can not turn it off, unless you switch off all Wireless Access The SSID, although not transmitted, is “UPC_Multimedia” and is present in all routers of this type....

November 13, 2010 · 2 min · 323 words · Omid Farhang

Firesheep: who is eating my cookies?

Internet is great, and everyday millions of people spend their day surfing it, using Google, Gmail, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Some people buy at ebay, or Amazon. Even some people use it to work, though these cases maybe not that common As a reader of this blog, you are concerned about security and therefore you already know that connecting through public WiFi is a risky sport. But it is also really convenient, how many of you have done it in McDonalds,Starbucks, etc....

October 26, 2010 · 3 min · 496 words · Omid Farhang

Connect Any Wi-Fi Device to Any Other Wi-Fi Device with Wi-Fi Direct

Mashable: The Wi-Fi Alliance is about to drop a wireless connectivity bombshell called Wi-Fi Direct. It will enable device-to-device connections using current Wi-Fi standards. The Wi-Fi Alliance will begin certifying Wi-Fi Direct devices today. Communication between Wi-Fi devices isn’t specifically new. The Nintendo DS, for instance, has had device-to-device Wi-Fi interaction for some time, but the technology is proprietary. The Wi-Fi Alliance differentiates Wi-Fi Direct by certifying the standard, ensuring interoperability....

October 25, 2010 · 2 min · 239 words · Omid Farhang

Reuters: Google says its cars grabbed email and passwords

(Reuters) – Google Inc said its “Street View” cars around the world accidentally collected more personal data than previously disclosed, and that it was changing its privacy practices. Regulators in some of the more than 30 countries where the cars operated are looking into the issue. Google’s Street View cars, which are well known for crisscrossing the globe and taking panoramic pictures of the city’s streets, collected the data. The company displays the pictures in its online street maps....

October 22, 2010 · 2 min · 318 words · Omid Farhang

Google ditches all Street View Wi-Fi scanning

Google has no plans to resume using its Street View cars to collect information about the location of Wi-Fi networks, a practice that led to a flurry of privacy probes after the company said it unintentionally captured fragments of unencrypted data. The disclosure appeared in a report on Street View released today by Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, who said that “collection is discontinued and Google has no plans to resume it....

October 20, 2010 · 3 min · 468 words · Omid Farhang

Wi-Fi at 60 GHz Will Be 10 Times Faster

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance have reached an agreement to set up standards for Wi-Fi to operate in the previously unclaimed 60 GHz frequency band, which would offer up to 10 times faster data transfer speeds. Currently, Wi-Fi operates in the 2.4 GHz an 5 GHz frequency bands. ”The 60-GHz band allows for significant boost in performance, so we are talking about speeds in the gigabits per second range,” says the executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar Figueroa....

May 11, 2010 · 1 min · 188 words · Omid Farhang