AirDefense, the Atlanta-based company that provides network intrusion protection for wireless networks, is offering a free version of its software to help people using “hot spots” with wireless-equipped laptops.

The move to release AirDefense Personal 1.0 Lite comes in response to a new wireless email phishing scam known as “Evil Twin”.

“The ‘Evil Twin’ attack is an example of the increasing sophistication of wireless attacks,” said Richard Rushing, chief security officer of AirDefense, in a statement. “People are lulled into a false sense of security with personal firewalls. However, wireless attacks such as ‘Evil Twin,’ wireless phishing and AirSnarfing cannot be seen by personal firewalls.”

Airsnarfing is imitation of a hot spot.

AirDefense describes Evil Twin as “a technique whereby an attacker tricks victims into connecting to a laptop or PDA by posing as a legitimate hotspot. Once the victim has connected to the illegitimate hotspot, the attacker coerces the user into revealing personal and confidential information that can be used for the purposes of identity theft or other illegal activities. Information such as credit card details, passwords and pin numbers are highly vulnerable.”

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Cingular Adds Subscribers But Reports Loss

Cingular’s first quarterly report following its acquisition of AT&T Wireless was a mixture of good and bad news.

The good: Cingular added 1.8 million new customers (double the estimate by analysts as reported by Reuters) and churn rate (subscriber turnover) was only 2.6 percent, again lower than analyst expectations.

The bad: For the quarter, Cingular reported a loss of $497 million, including $1.39 billion in depreciation costs and $245 million in costs related to the merger.

Cingular ended the year with 49.1 million subscribers.

The company also said it plans to spend around $7 billion in upgrades to the combined network.

“The merger is working, and it is everything we had hoped it would be,” said Stan Sigman, chief executive officer of Cingular, in a statement. “We developed a thorough, disciplined integration plan to follow through on our acquisition of AT&T Wireless. Our execution of that plan has been crisp, with all initiatives on or ahead of schedule.”


Need a Guide for VoIP?

Thinking about utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol technology?

Telchemy, a Georgia firm, is offering a guide to VoIP deployment through its web site.

“Deploying VoIP service provides cost savings and end user benefits, but deployment itself can cause many call quality and network related headaches if not planned and implemented properly,” the company says.”

For details, see: “Tech Note: Six Steps To Getting Your Network Ready For Voice over IP” at: