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Attack on Mi-Fi can reveal user's location

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Attack on Mi-Fi can reveal user's location
Mi-Fi devices have become synonymous with the word share – its blatant purpose is to share 3G wireless connections over a Wi-Fi network. So there’s no wonder why they’ve become so popular since their release with even more to come down the pipelines from different manufacturers. Sometimes it can share information that’s not meant to be viewed by others; thus making it prone to attacks from an outside source because of its ability to share. Someone has managed to identify in both Mi-Fi devices from Sprint and Verizon that they are prone to a multitude of attacks from hackers. They can seemingly gain access to the GPS location of the device without the user’s knowledge by using a combination of attacks – clearly exposing a loophole that’s been hidden.  It’s even scarier when the ensuing attack does not require an authentication or if the GPS has been disabled by the administrator. The security researcher going by the name Adam Baldwin was able to exploit this vulnerable attack in order to educate people about its existence.

source: evilpacket via Slashdot

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)

good to know I dont have sprint or even mifi anything nor do I use a router ;-)..simple is more secure than security itself!

posted on 17 Jan 2010, 09:46

2. rhomaion (Posts: 187; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)

This is true, but where is the fun in that? Boo! Everything can be hacked today sir so don't think that your simple modem means you are "invisible" to attackers.

posted on 18 Jan 2010, 00:56

7. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

I agree with rhomaion, basically if you're on the "net", you can be found and you can be hacked. The only way you can't be hacked is simply ditch internet and wireless activity. If something basic as a wireline telephone can be tapped, then broadband internet can definatly be hacked. This is also how federal law enforcement finds "people of interest" when a warrant is issued. Unless you're smarter than the hacker or you have some super locked down home network, anything is possible.

posted on 17 Jan 2010, 10:15

3. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)

the mifi only has a range of 30 feet, so random guessing would be pretty effective to determine the users location as well. hell, id bet that you could determine the users location because they had their mifi on the table next to their laptop

posted on 17 Jan 2010, 11:04

4. Illyich (Posts: 167; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

I think they're saying you don't have to be within that 30 ft. to hack into it and gain access.

posted on 17 Jan 2010, 21:33

5. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Yeah... where is the youtube video demonstration on this. What attack lines were used? What esn's were used? what firmware was installed on the Mifi 2200 units? Oh wait.. "Adam" doesn't know. Sounds like another bomb scare in the mobile industry and shotty news investigating like the NY Times. Give me proof, facts and a demonstration with more than 2 devices, and perhaps some random suprise devices from outside people, and I might consider this useful.

posted on 17 Jan 2010, 21:57

6. Rhetoric (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Jul 2009)

Oh crap, they know where i am now. ! Who cares.

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