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War driving hackers rip credit cards from Lowes national computer system

by Donna Buenaventura / November 11, 2003 12:49 AM PST
Parked car in lot and hacked the Lowes wireless network

Two men repeatedly hacked into the Lowe's home improvement chain's national computer system, getting access to credit card and other information, the federal government says. The Waterford men sat in a car in the parking lot of a Lowe's store in Southfield and used a wireless network to enter the computer system from Oct. 25 through Friday, prosecutors say. The purpose of the hacking is unclear, the government says. Paul Timmins, 22, and Adam Botbyl, 20, may have been engaged in "wardriving," or cruising around with a specially equipped laptop and an antenna searching for unsecured wireless networks hooked to the Internet.

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Absolutely amazing, Donna.

A major corporation sets up a wireless network over which sensitive financial data is transmitted - and doesn't, at the least, turn on WEP? How dumb can they be? Answer: Pretty damned dumb, IMO.

I knew there was a reason I stopped shopping Lowe's...

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Re:Absolutely amazing, Donna.
by DRELECTRON / April 24, 2004 1:31 AM PDT

WARDRIVING IS FAR MORE COMMON THAN YOU MIGHT IMAGINE
USING A LAPTOP AND SPECIAL SOFTWARE YOU CAN ACCESS A SITE THAT HAS AN ACCESS POINT UNFORTUNATELY MOST PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT WARDRIVING THINK IT IS ILLEGAL IT IS NOT ANY MORE ILLEGAL THAN RECIEVING A RADIO BROADCAST ON YOUR RADIO THE PROBLEM IS THAT ANY ONE WHO WAR DRIVES IS THOUGHT OF AS A PIRATE,EXTORTIONIST OR SOME OTHER CRIMINAL ELEMENT
AND GRANTED THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD USE THIS TECHNOLOGY FOR NEFARIOUS DEEDS
THE SAME AS THE TERM HACKER HAS COME TO MEAN SOMEONE WHO IS A CRIMINAL AND UNTIL THE PUBLIC IS PROPERLY EDUCATED ON THE VARIOUS TERMS WE HAVE COME TO ASSOCIATE WITH TECHNOLOGY THE MIS-INFORATION WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD IT'S TIME TO HAVE A CENTRAL CLEARING HOUSE OF INFORMATION WHERE DIS-INFORMATION CAN AND WILL BE PUT IN IT'S PROPER PLACE
LOOK AT IT THIS WAY IF YOU OWN A STORE OR OTHER BUSINESS YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SAFEGUARD YOUR DATA FROM WOULD BE PRYING EYES IF YOU DON'T YOU RUN THE RISK OF LOOSING TO A COMPETETOR WARDRIVING IS A METHOD THAT CAN BE A FUN AND EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE BUT TO SAY THAT ALL WARDRIVERS ARE THE SAME IS LIKE AGAIN PUTTING HACKERS AND CRACKERS IN THE SAME CATERGORY IT JUST ISN'T POSSIBLE DO I BELIEVE THAT THESE GUYS ARE GUILTY OF A CRIME IF DATA WAS STOLEN YES IF THEY WERE JUST ACCESSING THE NET NO ALL A STORE LIKE LOWES HAS TO DO IS ADJUST THE GAIN N THE OUTRPUT AND IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY KICK WHOEVER IS TRYING TO GAIN ACCESS TO THEIR ACCESS PPOINT OFF IN SHORT SIMPLE TERMS LOWES IS AT FAULT NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

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[NT] Attn: Drelectron - What happened to your keyboard? Too much wardriving?
by Gakada / April 24, 2004 2:07 AM PDT

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