Wireless Security still lacking in mumbai, Survey Report

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Deloitte has done a survey of Wireless devices in Mumbai and wow the results are still alarming for the law enforcement agencies even after the shocking terror activities. People are just not willing to secure their wireless devices with WEP or WPA.

The key findings for the survey are:
1) Of the 6729 wireless networks seen, 36% appeared to be unprotected i.e. without any encryption,
2) 52% were using low level of protection i.e. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption.
3) Balance 12% were using the more secure Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).
4) This makes 88 % of the observed wireless networks relatively easy to compromise.

There is a lot more to be done in mumbai because I remember going wardriving around the city a few years back and got so many open wireless connections that there was no need to buy internet connection at home just sit in the car and do your stuff.

This is surely a challenge for the law enforcement agencies, The ISP's should educate users to secure their Wifi connections and there has to be a regular audit from the ISP side to make sure the wireless devices in their networks are using some sort of authentication. We can always argue that even WEP can be cracked in a few hours and the same holds true for WPA and WPA/2 which was recently cracked up to the speed boost of 10,000 times with the use of Nvidia Graphics card.

It is a challenge to make all the wifi owners to fix their wireless devices but with the proper help from ISP it should become easier but it is a task government needs to take up.


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