End of Privacy: Herding Firesheep in Starbucks

There’s been a lot of talk about Firesheep, a free Firefox extension that collects data broadcast over an unprotected Wi-Fi network without using SSL. You turn it on, and by default it collects cookies for Facebook, Twitter and 24 other sites. Then you can sidejack the account and gain access under the acquired identity.

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I thought I’d spread the word and help some laymen out after work. There’s a large Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500) near my apartment. I dropped in, bought some unhealthy food, opened my laptop and turned on Firesheep.

Less than one minute later, there were five or six identities sitting in the sidebar. Three of them were from Facebook.

via End of Privacy: Herding Firesheep in Starbucks – Dec. 14, 2010, h/t Schneier.

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