Wi-Fi attack to be shown at conference

Delegates at this week's Black Hat 2006 IT security conference in Las Vegas will see a demonstration of a hacking attack targeting the 802.11 cards installed in Wi-Fi laptops.

Delegates at this week's Black Hat 2006 IT security conference in Las Vegas will see a demonstration of a hacking attack targeting the 802.11 cards installed in Wi-Fi laptops.

"It would only take a matter of seconds to attack a machine. A hacker could install malware without the user's knowledge," said David Maynor, senior researcher at IT security firm SecureWorks, who will be demonstrating the attack.

With the growth in hotspots, Wi-Fi wireless links are being used by a growing number of businesses.

Maynor said it would be possible for a hacker to access a Wi-Fi user's laptop remotely via a Wi-Fi network due to the poor quality of the device driver software used to control the Wi-Fi card.

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