WeWork's Wi-Fi security is trash (The Daily Charge, 9/19/2019)
The Daily Charge
Today on the Daily Charge our first look on the new and approved Galaxy Fold, Impossible Burgers now in the store near you And Wework's WiFi is woefully weak.
And welcome to Cnets daily charge it's thursday September nineteenth.
I'm Joanie Sevin
I'm Alfred Ang.
And here are todays stories.
WeWork likes to pitch itself as a rising tech giant but the company apparently isn't so tech savy to put protections on the wifi it offers at the offices it rents out to people.
Just looking for a place to work, and that's exposing astronomical amounts of data, Alfred what's going on here?
So WEWORK WIFI everyone is on the same Wi Fi network with the same password that goes on at every building.
So if I know the password from one WEWORK, I know the password.
Like the majority of we works in New York City.
So A not safe.
Really bad and also they don't do basic security things on their Wi Fi network like client isolation.
So if you go on the Wi Fi to hotel room right?
I can't see what everyone else is doing on that same Wi Fi if they have like client isolate isolation which just says I can only see what's on my own like traffic, I can't like peep on to other people's traffic.
It's very basic security measure.
Most hotels are doing this most places we've shared Wi Fi are doing this.
[UNKNOWN] does not a company that is valued at $46 billion, with more than half a million members.
Working out of their everyday of all these startups that have these sensitive documents on their network does not provide basic security measures like that.
They do provide something called a private villain where which is similar to it but it's a little bit more secure.
If you wanna pay an extra $95 a month and $250 for setup Even though people already pay like more than $1,000 for rent there, they are not providing wireless security measures,
We've seen a lot of really sensitive documents from the startups I had seen, like bank account passwords, login information like insurance policies, job applications.
One of the things your story that really stuck out to me is that it's not only people
Who work at WeWork and are using their wi-fi, people are exposed if they simply, unknowingly, send something to somebody that's working at a WeWork on the wi-fi, is that right?
We had seen companies that had never worked out of WeWork but their files were exposed on WeWork's network because they were working with startups
that had been at we work I remember calling some of these companies and saying hey do you work at a we work because your documents are on there?
I'm like network and they said no we've never like we're based out of Connecticut.
We've never been in a we work.
And it turns out Hey, like they worked if somebody that did so even if you never set foot in a we work like If you're working with somebody that doesn't put on this like security measures, your documents are probably exposed on WeWork's network.>> So, the things that you found, you only got just a tiny snapshot.>> Yeah.>> Of the possible things that could be exposed.
In that snapshot you store things that are on like the really ridiculous.
Ridiculous in two different ways, ridiculous for being like silly and also ridiculous for being like, I can't believe that that's just out there for people to grab if they know how.
Yeah, one of the photos that I'd seen there was a birthday card with like a Photoshop of Nicolas Cage's face on a cat, pretty harmless to be exposed on the network, but there were other documents there.
Like I had mentioned bank account passwords, job applications, lawsuits.
We're on it because there's like law firms based out of that we work.
A startup law firm there's just there, and I saw a lawsuit related to her.
That should not be just openly on the network like that.
Well, moving on.
You may remember the first reviews for Samsung's Galaxy fold phone didn't go so hot.
Some reviewers thought the screen had that little sheet of plastic you're supposed to peel off when you get any phone.
Yeah, that wasn't what it was.
It was a protective layer.
It was integral to the design and a bunch of reviewers ruined the nearly $2,000 phone.
But the new redesign fold is finally out and there are a few Few tweaks what's different?
Unfortunately the noticeable protective layer is now gone so I can't break the phone by just peeling it.
I think they have more like secure seals at the edge of the display now, plastic caps at the two points to keep dust out.
You know, you really shouldn't have a $2,000 phone that cannot be defeated by dust.
And then the hinge like that gap is a little bit smaller, which I guess is something people might have complained about.
No no I think the phone is the same as the same as that.
Well, yeah, I mean, we'll have to see how easily it breaks just by folding it what you're supposed to do, anyway which like its main feature, Maybe it'll still break.
I don't know.
But I think there's been better reviews of it this time around.
And finally, today, the Impossible Burger.
It's moving to grocery stores.
The fake meat was the buzz of CES this year and previously, it was only available in restaurants.
But it may not be at a grocery store near you quite yet.
Just 27 Gelson's supermarkets in Southern California will get it starting tomorrow.
The company says it'll add more stores on the US East Coast later this month.
And it should be available in supermarkets across the US by the middle of next year.
So a 12 ounce package will cost $9.
What do you think?
I mean I'll probably buy it just to see how it is.
I'd rather get that than go to a Burger King or something that has it.
I actually, the Burger King near my house was offering it and I walked in, and I was hit with this air of fast food just blasting me and I'm like, I'm good.
I'm just gonna wait to cook this in the comfort of my own home one day.
And that's maybe one of the plus sides is that their mission is to replace.
It's an ambitious mission to replace animals as a meat technology by 2030
That sounds extremely dystopian when you first
They want to get rid of animals out of the food chain and if we're going to do that it can't just be in restaurants so yeah.
Also just eat vegetables that is people have been doing that way before this fake meat trend so I don't understand why everyone's jumping on this now when you can literally just eat vegetables instead.
The thing is people don't just like vegetables.
People like me, I know, I don't eat me but people like, unless probably why.
For the Daily Charge, I'm Joanie Saltsman.
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