Hackers use spoofed WiFi access points to steal credentials as Switch Cascade introduced

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Spoof WiFi access points may cause a problem for users of wireless technology.

Spoof WiFi access points may cause a problem for users of wireless technology.

 Phil Belanger, vice president of marketing and business development at Extricom, claimed that there is a problem with spoof access points where users connect to them and have their details stolen.


Belanger said: “We can see these but it depends on the industry on whether they are blocked, and depends on whether they see this as important. A couple of years ago there were more unsecured access points, and now I would say that it is 70-80 per cent secure, this is much better for enterprises but the tools are there.”


Speaking at the Wireless and Mobile 2009 exhibition in London, Extricom also announced the launch of Switch Cascade solution that extends the continuous mobility zone to twice the previous size. It also provides the option of a fully redundant wireless LAN infrastructure, allowing for high-availability scenarios to be supported by an edge WLAN product.


Consisting of two conjoined 16-port switches, the switches can be positioned several hundred metres apart and their collective APs create a single seamless channel blanket. The switches can also be deployed in a fully redundant primary/secondary mode to ensure continuous network access even if there is an AP or switch failure.

“Extricom's Switch Cascade provides a new level of operational versatility to enterprises looking to maximise the utility of their WLAN deployment. The customer can choose to deploy 100 per cent AP redundancy, where there is no performance loss even if a switch failure occurs, or they may use some of the additional APs to cover a larger area”, said Belanger.  

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