"Free Public Wifi", and me being snoopy

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Sun Dec 21 02:56:07 UTC 2008


Frank Cox wrote:
> On Sat, 20 Dec 2008 13:13:54 -0600
> Les Mikesell wrote:
>
>   
>> You see those all over the place and can tell from the 'ad hoc' mode 
>> that it is another computer instead of a real access point.  I always 
>> thought it was a scam trying to steal passwords or something, but I 
>> guess it's just another case of Microsoft stupidity:
>>
>> http://billkosloskymd.typepad.com/wirelessdoc/2008/01/free-public-wi.html
>>     
>
> Interesting.  This is, as you can see, the first time I've seen this but on the
> other hand I'm not in a location where that sort of thing would be common.
>
> I'm pleased that the mystery is solved.  I take it that the two computer icon
> means "ad hoc mode".  So I've learned two new things today.

I have been at conferences where warnings have been posted NOT to 
connect to this SSID, as there are systems that take advantage of this 
behaviour to attack those that attach to them.

Remove this SSID from your system and ingore it at all future times.





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