John Simek threw a Pineapple into the works of online security Friday.Neither a spiky fruit nor the hand grenade nicknamed after it, the Pineapple used by the vice president of Sensei Enterprises Inc. is a device that could cause explosive damage for users of Wi-Fi to access and operate on the Internet.Speaking at an ABA Techshow program with a pedestrian name, “Understanding Network Penetration Testing,” Simek turned on his WiFi Pineapple Mark IV, available online for $99.99, and showed how he could find every device in the conference room seeking a Wi-Fi connection. And smartphones, tablets and laptop PCs often automatically seek such connections to any Wi-Fi source, including ones accessed days, months or years before.What the Pineapple does, Simek explained, is pretend to be those Wi-Fi sources, becoming the middle man between the device and the Internet. The interloper can then record keystrokes on the intercepted device, look at information being sent (and disrupt encrypted transmissions to encourage the sender to skip encryption), and even send the unsuspecting victim to a website where malware will be immediately downloaded to the compromised device. Simek’s site had the ABA Techshow logo and read “You’ve been Pwned.”Simek noted that, using the device… Read full this story
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