New tools found for hacking Wi-Fi

February 17th, 2011 - 9:29 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Feb 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Hacking has now become easier than initially known to be.

A new software that has been available on the Internet makes it even simpler for computer users to snoop-in on what someone is doing. The software called Firesheep allows users to see exactly what another user on an unsecured Wi-Fi network is doing. The user could even assume the identity of a person who is using that network.

The developer of the program, Eric Butler, explained why he came up with the software. He said that, “I released Firesheep to show that a core and widespread issue in Web site security is being ignored. It points out the lack of end-to-end encryption.”

The software explores a very loose security lapse associated with browsing on the Internet. Whenever a user logs on to a website, the user’s log-in details are often encrypted for security. However what is not encrypted is the data that the browsing computer’s cookie saves.

That is the data that the program explores. It takes that data and based on the log-in information stored assumes the identity of the unsuspecting victim. Currently very few websites can withstand the assumption another person’s identity using the program.

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