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Date: Wed May 01 2002 - 14:48:42 CDT
There's also the possibility of depleating a store's inventory,
virtually. Not only would that cause problems at the registers, but
a number of man-hours going through the entire stock to repopulate
From: Keith Tyler [mailto:ktylerunicornfinancial.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 1:51 PM
To: 'Philip Rowlands'; vuln-devsecurityfocus.com
Subject: RE: Wlan bestbuy is cleartext?
I think what would be even worse is forging credit approvals. Let say
had a credit card and it was dead or expired. Im sure with enough
could forge approvals into their wlan. That seems very possible.
From: Philip Rowlands [mailto:phrdoc.ic.ac.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 11:06 AM
Subject: Re: Wlan bestbuy is cleartext?
On Wed, 1 May 2002, Blue Boar wrote:
>Heres my delima... I checked out a few of the other best buy stores
>"beacon packets" and everyone I drove by was sending them out...so I
>all BestBuy's are wlan enabled. What I need to find out is ... are
>BestBuys's Cash register terminals indeed using wlan and are they
>sending out MY data in the clear... I am NOT comfortable using my
>card at ANY BestBuy as of right now... due to legality though I
>comfortable walking into the store and confronting someone about
You could contact an investigative journalist, even anonymously.
Assuming your motives are to protect ignorant customers' CC numbers,
rather than extortion, you'd probably get a fair hearing.
Search for "whistleblowers guide" on Google :)