Feeds

A wardriving we will go!

Mama weer all leeches now

Intelligent flash storage arrays

One in three mobile workers worldwide routinely hijack wireless connections, according to a survey commissioned by the US National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Cisco.

The Cisco-NCSA study paints a picture of lax attitudes for mobile security and disregard for the law - at a time when police on both sides of the Atlantic are coming down hard on "broadbandits" they catch jumping onto Wi-Fi connections (examples here and here).

Respondents confessed to jumping on wireless links without permission gave a variety of feeble excuses ranging from "I can't tell whose connection I'm using", to "mine isn't working", through "I don't want to pay for my own connection" and the disingenuous "they don't know so it's OK". Wi-Fi banditry was most commonplace in China, where 54 per cent admitted to either hijacking a neighbour's wireless connection or jumping onto unauthorised connections in public places. The behaviour was also prevalent in Germany (46 per cent) and South Korea (44 per cent).

The survey provided evidence of a lax attitude to mobile security more generally. Almost three of every four (73 per cent) of those quizzed claimed that they are not always aware of security threats and best practices when working on the go. Although many said they are aware "sometimes", 28 per cent said they "hardly ever" consider security risks and proper behavior. Their reasons include being "too busy" and considering it the job of the IT department to make sure workers are protected.

In addition, the survey found that small screens on mobile devices such as PDAs and smartphones encouraged people to open email attachments from unknown sources, often because they couldn't otherwise easily find out who a message was from. Some 44 per cent of mobile users surveyed said they open emails or attachments from unknown or suspicious sources. In China, India, and the UK, more than half of mobile end users do this.

The survey, conducted by market research outfit InsightExpress, questioned 700 workers who used mobile technologies in seven countries (the US, UK, Germany, China, India, South Korea and Singapore). The NCSA and Cisco stressed the need to build a "culture of security" through education. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM
Gigya redirect exploit blamed for pop-rageous ploy
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.