New Protection for 802.11

Mike Rosing eresrch at
Thu Nov 7 06:18:35 PST 2002

On Wed, 6 Nov 2002, James A. Donald wrote:

>     --
> Reading the Wifi report,
> Fi_Protected_Access_Overview.pdf
> it seems their customers stampeded them and demanded that the
> security hole be fixed, fixed a damned lot sooner than they
> intended to fix it.
> I am struck the contrast between the seemingly strong demand
> for wifi security, compared to the almost complete absence of
> demand for email security.
> Why is it so?

Because e-mail goes over a wire and Wifi is broadcast.
Tapping wires is harder than setting up an antenna in
a truck outside your building.

It has a lot to do with psycology and magazine articles.  It has nothing
to do with security.  If a lot of people were getting screwed because
their e-mail was being read, and it got written up in PC magazine,
security would be a much bigger issue.  A lot of Wifi users have been
screwed and it's showed up in trade journals.  That's all!

Patience, persistence, truth,
Dr. mike

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