Normally, only rich folks read “Forbes” and I am not one of them. So it was pure serendipity that I happened to stumble upon this “Forbes” article this morning. You knew something like this was coming. There’s always someone out there figuring out a way to ruin a good thing: Wi-Fi is a good thing, right?
This is scary stuff, so if you have pets or small children, please put them in bed before you read this. Oh, yes, and make sure your wireless network is secured. We can’t do much about the restaurants and airports can we? Nope…not yet anyway. Next thing you know they’ll put coin collectors on our computer, like parking meters, and we can buy five minutes of Wi-Fi for $2.50. Chac
New Virus Spreads Like The Common Cold – Via WiFi
It started in the laboratory of a university in England. An airborne virus was cultivated. One that could spread like the common cold in densely populated areas, infecting all it came into contact with. It was called Chameleon – and it was a computer virus.
Chameleon is the product of the University of Liverpool’s School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Electronics and shows for the first time that WiFi networks can be infected with a virus that moves through the air, jumping from access point to access point.
WiFi access points have long been known to be potentially weak spots onto networks, often left unprotected by passwords or encryption, or still using the manufacturer’s or telecoms operator’s default security codes. But up until now, there hasn’t been a virus that could attack a WiFi network.
Chameleon behaves just as a disease would in a viral outbreak, moving faster through cities with dense populations, where access points (and humans) are closer together…