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March 08, 2005

Warmapping Copenhagen

One of today's news items on the Danish version of Computerworld, has been the warmapping of Copenhagen on wifi-sikkerhed.dk. Of a total of 4,224 networks found, 2,039 were found to be open. Whether secure equals MAC address filtering (semi), WEP encryption (somewhat), WPA encryption/authentication (mostly) or 802.1x/EAP is not clear, but the numbers are not stunning.

Plainly, as Microsoft and many others have proven with great certainty over the years, convenience prevails over security in corporate and home settings alike. Security is a tough sell unless you were born paranoid (or actually know what is going on).

While it's unfortunate (quote from journalist: "are these guys serious?") that the wifi-sikkerhed.dk crew does not seem to be willing to let their identities be known (Googling Stevie Laux (found in whois) returns two hits, including his membership of FCPornstarz), it nevertheless increases the value of Organic Network's proposition that people are pushing these numbers.
We are committed to solving Wi-Fi security in a social way which rather than restraining users gives something back. Our commercial WirelessOffice solution is well underway and we are now preparing the launch of our home offering; Organic Community, a free service to secure and share your home Wi-Fi network. Stay tuned...

Posted by Nikolaj Nyholm at March 8, 2005 04:34 PM

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