The devices can block attackers and send out warning messages that deter them from hacking back
An ingenious device designed by IBM engineers to intercept and slow down Wi-Fi traffic that is gaining in popularity with the public.
The device — called ‘warshipping’ — can slow down to more than a quarter of a mile the speed at which online attacks on networks are carried out.
Users can see how fast their network is suffering a flurry of data flowing through it by marking the device they are attempting to hack on a bar.
Unlike traditional Wi-Fi transmission devices, warshipping can intercept the packets of data passing through an individual network and create a delay that crushes the ability of hackers to get information to their intended targets.
Together with specific network identity information, a hacker can guess the location of the devices they have tried to target, depending on the amount of that type of information.
Rob Kerr, manager of marketing communications for IBM’s global security business, explained the technology behind the Warshipping device.
“With warshipping, it creates a delay that causes other network agents to wait longer and cannot adjust their actions in time,” he said.
“If someone tries to interrupt your Wi-Fi it can be very difficult for them to do so.
“It is not advisable to use this product to take over a mainframe or start a process, but it is very useful for targeting wireless botnets — networks of hundreds or thousands of malware-infected computers.”
After they were installed, warshipping devices allow users to install the software on an Android smartphone or iPad to get access to the network in order to work their way around a network.
Security researchers at Symantec estimate that businesses waste about $2.7 billion a year because of the vulnerability of their Wi-Fi networks.
When loopholes in iOS is Find by Google
I wasn’t entirely aware until recently that Apple has a Find My iPhone feature in iOS, but it’s just that seamless experience of being able to locate your device, and a reason to get it in a safe place, quickly. If you lose your phone then you might want to start with Find My iPad, as some hackers have a near-zero propensity to bother with an iPhone. Here’s a link to Find My iPhone and iPad.
It sounds almost unnecessary now that Find My iPhone has been tweaked. You can now track devices even when the iCloud logo isn’t shown on the front, and the native Find my iPhone app has been given a slight upgrade, as first noticed by zdnet. In order to use it, you need to first have set up your Find My iPhone as a local backup.
Using it as that smart lock, Find My iPhone is extremely convenient, especially if the data isn’t encrypted. You can now also set up Find My iPhone in a variety of different ways – whether you’re backing up a device to iTunes, setting up a Family Sharing setup, or using iCloud to back up the entire device (from an external drive or in iCloud). With that in mind, here are some of the best practices for using Find My iPhone:
Lock down at least the iCloud backup
Make sure you’re using a strong password. If your iCloud password is known, you’re probably also using your iPhone’s passcode, which Apple may or may not enable as a physical keychain. Remember to avoid stupid passwords (just in case).
Keeping your iCloud backups solid is a good place to start, although you can also add an additional backup on your iOS device in case something goes wrong. If you’re backing up to iTunes and the system doesn’t recognise the device, it will open the macOS system files to see if you can back it up. An iCloud backup doesn’t have any backing up options, so make sure it has at least the most recent iCloud backup you can get hold of.
To use the Find My iPhone service in iTunes, go to Manage iTunes & Back Up in the iTunes menu, then click Add account. It will automatically assign a unique password to the account, which means you don’t have to enter it at every time you back up a device, and it will ask for it again when you back up your iCloud backup.
If you’re backing up to an external device like a USB drive, you’ll have to enter your iCloud account username and password to confirm it as a separate backup, as well as to add the device you’re backing up.
Turn on Manage Device Access
The more devices you back up to your iCloud account, the more quickly Find My iPhone will look for your device. You can turn on Manage Device Access on your iCloud account page in iTunes, or from the Find My iPhone screen. It requires the aforementioned additional password to work, but if you’re getting more devices back on your home network than you’re using, it’s a small price to pay.
Back it up to the cloud using iCloud – if the device isn’t encrypted
The MacOS system files you need for Find My iPhone aren’t just for backing up on your iOS device. You can add them to your Mac as well, and them can be accessed via Find My iPhone. It’s very handy if you lose both your iPhone and Mac.