WiFi Hackers Arrested
from the bad-security dept
The press is going to eat this one up, I’m sure. Two young men in Michigan have apparently been arrested for hacking into the computer network of Lowe’s home improvement stores using a WiFi connection. They were caught sitting in their car in the parking lot of one of the stores. This isn’t a case where someone just wanted to get some free bandwidth, but, rather a real security problem on the part of Lowe’s. After accessing the network, the men are accused of hacking into the company’s national computer system, altering files, installing malicious software and stealing credit card information. Whether or not they actually did any of these things (and people have been accused of “WiFi hacking” in the past when they just wanted bandwidth) remains to be seen. The amusing thing, though, is reading the part of the article where they talk about the “hacker craze” known as wardriving, and making it sound like there are a bunch of roaming hackers out there viciously attacking networks – rather than a small group of folks marking down the locations of WiFi access points.