October 27, 2014

Computer Viruses Go Airborne

A team of researcher from the University of Liverpool demonstrated how Wi-Fi networks could be used to make a computer virus contagious through the air, moving through densely populated areas as effectively as the common cold. They created a virus called Chameleon, which they tested out in a lab setting to see how it spread across Wi-Fi networks. The virus not only spread quickly through homes and businesses, but it was able to avoid detection and identify Wi-Fi access points not protected by encryption or passwords. Chameleon collected and reported credentials of all other WIFI users who connected to it. It had been previously assumed that it wasn’t possible to develop a virus to spread through Wi-Fi…guess most people were wrong.

[ Read the Article: WiFi Networks Could Be Used To Transmit Computer Viruses ]

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