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FYI Angela Ortiz Program Manager - Technical Program Development __________________________ IEEE Standards, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331 USA Telephone: 1732-562-3809 >< Fax: 1732-562-1571 E-m: email@example.com >< www.standards.ieee.org FOSTERING TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION ----- Forwarded by Angela Ortiz/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE on 08/19/2002 05:38 PM ----- Karen Mc Cabe To: Judith Gorman/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE@IEEE, Karen 08/19/2002 Rupp/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE@IEEE, Susan Tatiner/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE@IEEE, Bob 05:30 PM Labelle/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE@IEEE, Susan Tatiner/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE@IEEE, Mary Lynne Nielsen/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE@IEEE, firstname.lastname@example.org cc: Debora Wernoch/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE@IEEE, email@example.com Subject: Yahoo! News Story - Feds look at wireless LANs FYI re: IEEE 802.11x and a US government recommendation. Karen McCabe Senior Marketing Manager, IEEE Standards 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331 Piscataway NJ 08855 USA PH: +1 732 562 3824 email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://standards.ieee.org ----- Forwarded by Karen Mc Cabe/STDS/STAFF/US/IEEE on 08/19/2002 05:29 PM ----- Yahoo! News <refertofriend@reply. To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org yahoo.com> cc: Subject: Yahoo! News Story - Feds look at wireless LANs 08/19/2002 03:12 PM Please respond to m.longshore Marsha Longshore (email@example.com) has sent you a news article Personal message: FYI.. Deb, this goes with the NIST newsletter item you just mentioned. Feds look at wireless LANs http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/mc/20020819/tc_mc/feds_look_at_wireless_lans News Home - Yahoo! - Help (Embedded image moved to file: pic31762.gif) Welcome, Guest Personalize News Home Page (Embedded image moved to file: pic28423.gif) - Sign In Yahoo! News Monday, August 19, 2002 Search |------------------------| | (*) News Stories | | ( ) News Photos | | ( ) Audio/Video | | ( ) Full Coverage | | ( ) The New York Times | | ( ) All of Yahoo! | |------------------------| for Advanc ed (Embedded image Technology - MacCentral moved to file: pic27531.gif) News Front Page Top Stories Feds look at wireless LANs World Mon Aug 19, 8:43 AM ET Business By Ellen Messmer, Network World (US) Entertainment Sports A federal agency is readying a report that will recommend (Embedded image against the U.S. government using wireless LANs -- except when moved to file: applying a long, detailed list of security controls. pic04806.gif) Technology Politics Science Health Oddly Enough Even though wireless LANs are a billion-dollar business and growing fast, reports such as the one coming out from the Op/Ed National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) continue to dog the technology. Lifestyle Local Sources say, the U.S. Department of Defense ( news - web sites ) also is said to be considering restrictions on wireless LAN Comics usage for classified and nonclassified environments. News Photos What NIST is advising Weather Most Popular Among NIST's recommendations is that wireless LAN access points be located only where no unauthorized individuals can Audio/Video access them. Full Coverage With freeware such as AirSnort, hackers have been known to Lottery access wireless LAN access points from up to 1,000 feet away. Crosswords NIST also suggests that agencies put firewalls between wireless and wire-based LANs. Another 50 or so recom! mendations will be included in the report, called "Wireless News Resources Network Security." The NIST report arrives at a time when the IEEE is attempting Providers to standardize on port authentication in 802.11 wireless LANs. Reuters The proposed 802.1X standard addresses several authentication AP types, including passwords, certificates, media access control (MAC) addresses and the widely used Remote Authentication Internet Report Dial-In User Service protocol. But 802.1Xs progress hasn't been smooth, with a University of Maryland professor cracking TechWeb the technology earlier this year and companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. and Funk Software Inc. battling over how to USA TODAY bolster it. NewsFactor But it's critical to move ahead on 802.1X because the 802.11b MacCentral specification, as the NIST report points out, lacks any "true authentication" of users. Only a user's wireless LAN-enabled device is authenticated via what's called the Service Set Identification (SSID). News Alerts denial-of-servic The NIST report suggests that wireless LANs s! hould include e VPN clients and gateways for privacy and authentication. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), the 802.11 standard for encryption, Department of has been shown to be too easily broken using freeware such as Defense WEPCrack. wireless Report cites helpful vendors (Embedded image NIST singled out vendors such as Bluesocket and Vernier moved to file: Networks as being among those that deliver products that can pic12268.gif)My address wireless LAN security and privacy concerns. Yahoo! Add Technology - MacCentral to My Searching out wireless LAN vulnerabilities is becoming a Yahoo! business. One start-up, AirDefense, has catalogued what it says are 100 types of denial-of-service ( news - web sites) attacks jamming the airwaves with noise to shut down wireless LAN access points, 27 attacks to take over wireless LAN stations, 490 different probes to scan wireless LANs for weaknesses and 190 ways to spoof media access control (MAC) addresses and SSIDs to assume the identity of another user. "The MAC address is unique, so only one should be trying to come into the wireless! LAN at a time," says Fred Tanvella, chief security officer at AirDefense, which developed a wireless LAN intrusion-detection sensor. "So if someone is using a Cisco card and another a Lucent (Technologies Inc.) card, and they're trying to fake it, we can tell," he says. Government contractor Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) is experimenting with a "honeypot" to detect and trap hackers trying to break into wireless LANs from a distance (sometimes referred to as "wardriving"). The goal is to gather information about how hackers get in. While SAIC officials declined to discuss the project in depth, it is known to be based on Cisco wireless LAN access points deployed in the Washington, D.C., area. 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