What is ‘Wardriving’ and How Can It Affect Your Company’s Computer Network?

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jul 01, 2013 11:03 pm PST

Computer networks can be threatened by a host of potentially unexpected sources. Some of these start with ‘wardriving.’ Naturally, this begs a few questions…

What is ‘wardriving’? Literally speaking, it refers to hackers driving around with laptops or mobile devices connected to high-powered antennas, scanning for unlocked (i.e., no password needed for access) or poorly protected networks. The name is a variant on ‘wardialing,’ which was inspired by a scene in the movie WarGames in which the lead character used an old-style telephone modem to search for open computer networks. Strictly speaking, wardrivers log and collect wireless network info, without actually jumping onto the networks. Using another’s network without permission is called ‘piggybacking.’

SOURCE: thesecurityadvocate.com

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