2001-08-01 09:22:17 UTC
Yes this might be a first, I'm going to drag the topic BACK to something network related.
I happen to be in Auckland today. Flew in for customer chit chat which will happen tommorow.
Had a spare afternoon and no one to see so I thought I might do the geek thing and see how little old Auckland was getting along with it's wireless networking.
SO, I slapped the 802.1Q card into the laptop and strapped the GPS onto the outside of my backpack and went for a walk.
I walked down Queen Street from the top to the water, and then back up to Albert St to Wellesley then back up Symonds to my hotel.
Well. Auckland sure is brimming with wireless. But the concern (and I spose the reason that I posted this at all) was that most of it is insecure.
Now I'm a good guy. I don't want to get access to anything, god knows I see enough internet as it is. I just wanted to see how many places had embraced the 802.1Q fad.
So all in all 29 networks jumped out and grabbed me as I was walking past. only 4 of them were using WEP.
Now because I didn't actually try to gain access to any of them, I have no idea what the internal security of them is like. But I'm not expecting much.
I don't think I sniffed anything off the sky tower, I was only using the small antenna on the card.
So if you run a wireless network in the center of Auckland and you were using the strategy of "Oh it will never make it down to the street" Then you are wrong and you might like to put some more security on.
I thought about mailing my networklist out as well. But I decided against it. Mainly because it has exact GPS locations and network names. It would make easy pickings for anyone who wanted to gain access.
If you want to mail me privatly with your network name and/or card MAC address then I will give you a yes or no answer.
Dont feel alone though. I've done the same in North Sydney and come up with similar numbers.
Next week wellington.
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