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Web Stalkers
Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime

The Problem of the Wireless Web

The proliferation of wireless technology has opened an entirely new way for hackers to perform anonymous attacks.  Simply driving through a neighborhood with a laptop running and within a few minutes someone’s home wireless network will be found to be open and ready for use.

A large section of Chapter 9 is devoted to this issue. For now, suffice to say that until people start getting sued for allowing open wireless connections, it is very easy to launch an anonymous web attack.

The following is a real-world case that happened in 2004.

Real World Case:  Website Hacking

Just to show that no one is exempt, this incident involved someone who is considered a technology expert.  While the experience left him feeling violated and abused, he acknowledges that he learned a great deal about the underworld of web criminals.  This individual decided to use a service for his website.  He assumed that the web hosting service would plug all security holes and protect his websites against foreign invaders.

The user was shocked one morning to get an early call saying, “I think you’ve been hacked. Just take a look at your home page and you will see!”

Well, this technology expert went to his home page and saw an image, roughly like this, where a profanity was added to the header on more than 3,000 web pages:

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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