Researchers have discovered a new type of network vulnerability dubbed SSID Stripping. It causes a network name to appear differently in a device’s list of networks, thus tricking people into joining a malicious network.
The SSID Stripping vulnerability affects all major software platforms – Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS and macOS, Android and Ubuntu. With SSID Stripping, it is possible to create a network name in a way that its display only shows a prefix that is similar to a legitimate network name (e.g. the corporate network name) while the actual network name includes the additional specially crafted information.
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Turn on “Ask to Join Networks” in your settings.
There is an old Arabian proverb that, roughly translated, says, ‘I see 1000 builders unequal to one saboteur’.
For every problem, there is a solution.
And for every solution, there are countless ways to defeat it, limited only by a saboteur’s ingenuity.
This is a case in point.