Recently we focused on the threat of unprotected Wi-Fi networks to individuals – regular people who might not realize that using free public hotspots found at coffee shops and elsewhere actually leave them open to cyberattacks.
What sometimes goes unmentioned is that those Open Wi-Fi networks leave the owners of those networks vulnerable too.
Unfortunately, many small businesses (and even some bigger ones) fail the wireless security test – they’re guilty of one of the more common of the “7 Deadly IT Sins.”
We took our Warbiking tour to San Diego to raise awareness about wireless security, and we discovered that people in this high-tech city are connecting to thousands of unprotected wireless networks.
San Diego is a very technology-focused place, with lots of people connecting their mobiles and laptops to Wi-Fi hotspots around the city. And much like other cities we’ve visited such as New York and London, people may be unaware of the worrisome lack of security on many of these hotspots.
Chester Wisniewski, Sophos Senior Security Advisor, toured the city on his specially-equipped bike, picking up the signals of 8,048 Wi-Fi networks, to find out what kind of security they were using.
Our World of Warbiking tour cycled through London, UK, where we surveyed the Wi-Fi networks people use everyday as they move about the city, connecting on their laptops and mobile devices. What we found is an enormous lack of security.
The warbiking project involves traveling around the globe, riding the streets of major cities with my computer-equipped mountain bike, and looking for wireless connections along the way to sneak a peek at the companies and regular people who are using them. (Don’t worry, it’s all perfectly legal.)
What we found is somewhat alarming, if not downright scandalous. People in London, much like their counterparts in San Francisco, are all too happy to connect to unsecured wireless networks, without using encryption. It’s an invitation for a cybercriminal to do harm, even though many people don’t even know it.
A new Up2Date is available for Sophos UTM. Release 9.103 fixes some bugs and increases the stability of your UTM 9 installation. We have adjusted the WebAdmin permissions for some of the User Management roles, and introduced some new performance tuning for Intrusion Protection which will be further improved on a continuing basis to optimize this area more precisely per-appliance. We have also adjusted some notifications around RED and VPN tunnels. Read on for the package specifics.