[Faccus] Wireless Network Security Warning

Jason Testart jatestart at uwaterloo.ca
Tue Nov 30 20:12:57 EST 2010


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In late October, the Firefox browser add-on called Firesheep was 
released to the public.  This tool makes it easy for any user, on 
unsecured wireless networks, to intercept and steal other people's 
browser-cookies to gain access to their accounts on sites such as 
Hotmail, Facebook, and Twitter.  IST is aware of at least two victims of 
account theft from someone using Firesheep on the uw-wireless network.  
To protect from account theft caused by Firesheep, the campus community 
is strongly encouraged to avoid using the uw-wireless network in favour 
of the secured Eduroam network 
<http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/cs/wireless.html>.  For more information, Mike 
Patterson of IST has drafted an information document: 
http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security/howto/firesheep.html

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Jason A. Testart, BMath               | Voice: +1-519-888-4567 x38393
Manager, IT Security                  | Fax: +1-519-884-4398
Information Systems and Technology    |http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario  N2L 3G1 CANADA

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