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Connecting Islands with 802.11b

By Anonymous Hero, Section News
Posted on Wed Sep 18th, 2002 at 14:14:59 GMT
70,5 km - New computer wireless connection world record established in the Canary Islands, Spain

One month after beating the Spanish national record, until then 35km, with a 54km link, the Canarian Asociation of Wireless Networks has established a new world record of 70,5km linking the Islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

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BBC Post Story About War Flying

By Anonymous Hero, Section News
Posted on Tue Sep 3rd, 2002 at 04:25:24 GMT
Check the Link

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First US Wardriving Indictment

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By vortex, Section News
Posted on Wed Jul 31st, 2002 at 00:20:44 GMT
The Register reports a Texas Grand Jury case of fraud involving 'unauthorised access' to the Harris County district clerk's wireless network system.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Stefan Puffer, 33, accessed the network in a 'low level intrusion' that resulted in 'no permanent damage', but still apparently cost the county US$5000 to clean up. An earlier Houston Chronicle report has further scant details.

It is unclear at this stage what actions Stefan performed, the most important distinction is of course whether Stefen just listened at the 802.11b level for beacons eminating from the county's access points, or whether he went further and sent and received information at a TCP/IP network level.

If only the former, then this may set an horrific US precident that just the act of receiving a broadcast radio signal could be seen as an act of fraud!

Even the latter may be problematic. If the wireless network is configured to give any passing wireless card DHCP services of an IP address, DNS, and default gateway, then in a very real way, his wireless card was 'authorised' to join the network.

free2air hopes to contact Stefan Puffer in the next few days for a brief interview and clarification. Perhaps we can help his case somehow by providing expert information.

Update [2002-7-30 12:46:0 by vortex]: found email and phone number - will wait for email reply before ringing ...

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By Anonymous Hero, Section News
Posted on Wed Jul 17th, 2002 at 15:24:35 GMT
There is now an international Node Database available @

What's a node database?'s a database....of nodes.....nodes being points on the network. So add yourself, and see who else pops up around you then talk to them about connecting if you so desire.

If your region isn't shown, just drop me an email...

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Commercial Scum to get Free Spectrum

By shermozle, Section News
Posted on Wed Jun 5th, 2002 at 21:36:15 GMT

Looks like the government is due to open up 802.11b wireless networking spectrum to commercial scum. This means that it could be used by the likes of wireless ISPs and others for-profit.

I'm skeptical because the 3G license holders would absolutely spew

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TS Wireless Online

Toy Satellite
By android, Section News
Posted on Sat May 18th, 2002 at 10:27:37 GMT
Toy Satellite Wireless is now online with its antenna remounted and connected to a wireless gateway. Internet access and other services are not yet available on TS Wireless, however streaming audio trials will commence within the coming two weeks.

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The BBC Has Also Posted A Story Entitled "Hacking With A Pringles Tube"

By Anonymous Hero, Section News
Posted on Wed Apr 17th, 2002 at 05:51:02 GMT
Article about how "Empty cans of Pringles crisps could be helping malicious hackers spot wireless networks that are open to attack."

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Turnkey Networking

By android, Section News
Posted on Sun Mar 31st, 2002 at 15:07:50 GMT

Wired News analyzes Joltage's potential: Paul Boutin examines the nature of Joltage's viral networking system, and finds some skepticism about roll-out. Part of what's driving Joltage, SOHO Wireless, and Sputnik is their reliance on a willingness on the part of their potential customers to have their eyes go all blurry when they read the usage restrictions on their DSL and cable accounts.


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