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Municipal Wireless Left Unsecured

uncreativ (793402) writes | more than 6 years ago

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uncreativ (793402) writes "According to this article some Municipal Wifi networks have chosen to leave their networks unencrypted. Considering that the local Wifi network in Madison and elsewhere is being used for public safety applications, it would seem that some Municipal Wifi networks have some work to do to address lax security in their services. From the article:

"A brief listening session via a sniffer laptop from a car outside Capitol Centre Apartments Tuesday night indicated that subscribers to Mad City Broadband surf without protection unless they set up security themselves. The apartment complex uses the company's "Mad City-MDU" apartment building service...

Mad City's security precautions correspond to industry standards, according to the company.

USI Wireless, which was contracted by the city of Minneapolis to provide citywide wireless by December, follows a similar system by only encrypting the connection between the access points and the central router.""

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