Data Security Podcast Episode 36 – Jan 19 2009
The Data Security Podcast is the place for 30 minutes of news every week on data security, privacy, and the law.
This weeks program: WPA WiFi encryption might not be so secure as ElcomSoft shows off a new WPA audit tool. Will the Conficker worm be the worst worm ever? Some don’t think so. And, this week’s news.
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Program Notes for Episode 36
-From The News: The Daily Background blog outlines possible integrity attacks by Belkin. In a related posting, The Reputation Advisor Blog speculates about how members of the Dark Web will spike reputations in concerted integrity attacks.
-Also from The News: Seagate recalls hard drive firmware. Read more on the Seagate site, and where to email them and request a patch. More about the related class action lawsuit regarding these failures, from the law firm of Kabatek, Brown and Kellner LLP.
– Tales From The Dark Web: Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor can be used to audit and crack WPA WiFi encryption using off-the-shelf video cards. WARNING: Do not use ANY audit or cracking tool to access a network without the authorization, in writing, of the owner of that network. Then, just before you run the tool, have the owner give you approval a second time. Or, if you are not prepared to get approval do use this tool on someone else’s network, buy your own WPA Wi-Fi access point, and hook it up to your own network to test this tool. There might be a good deal at Circuit City for a cheap testing-only access points. Remember, the cheap, consumer access points usually don’t have the ability to turn off wireless administration, so it’s not smart to use them in production or live environments.
– Will the Conficker worm be “the worst worm ever?” Some members of mainstream media seem to think so. Randy Abrams from ESET (the maker’s of NOD32 anti-virus), thinks that Conficker will not be the worst worm ever, and we talk about strategies to counter this attack, and other more serious attacks. The mainstream media is focused on Conficker, while the members of the Dark Web could be attacking you where you might not expect. Read Randy’s related blog posting, Confused about Conficker?