Highwall Technologies Reports on Rogue Wireless Signals at CA World 2004

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Rogue Detection System Used to Monitor Sands Expo for Wireless Access Points, Ad Hoc Networks and Wireless Devices

Highwall Technologies, a leading provider of enterprise wireless products that detect and locate rogue wireless devices, today announced the results of a wireless study conducted at CA World 2004 in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo.

With over 1.8 million square feet of combined meeting and event space, the Sands Expo and Convention Center and Venetian Congress facility is the third largest in the country. The Rogue Detection System from Highwall Technologies was implemented to monitor the wireless activity within the facility.

During the four day event, Highwall's Rogue Detection System monitored the airwaves and detected 63 rogue access points, 1582 ad hoc networks, and 230 wireless client devices. Approximately 32% of the rogue access points were discovered to have WEP disabled.

"Obviously, a venue such as CA World is going to attract a lot of wireless technology," said Rich Swier chief executive officer of Highwall. "Our goal with this survey was to demonstrate the range, coverage and utility of the Highwall Rogue Detection System. With one system, we monitored the entire exhibition hall, capturing the key data required by a network administrator responsible for detecting, locating and securing a wireless threat or vulnerability to the network."

In addition to the number of wireless networks and devices detected, the RDS detected a number of wireless intrusions, including MAC spoofing, WEP crack attempts, and Client Probes.

"In an open environment, such as a conference, the number of wireless intrusions is most likely a result of idle time by the attendees who want to check their email without having to wait for an opening at the public kiosks," said Swier. "Nonetheless, the activity we detected demonstrates the kind of tactics available to a hacker seeking a wireless opening to an enterprise network -- not to mention the relative invisibility of a hacker in a wireless environment. We were all in the same room, but you couldn’t tell who was hacking and who wasn't just by looking at them."

Total results from the CA World 2004 conference:

Rogue Access Points

  •     Total = 63
  •     No WEP = 20
  •     Spoofed MAC = 44

AdHoc Networks

  •     1582 Ad Hocs Established

Wireless Clients

  •     230 Clients Detected


  •     Suspicious Traffic - Data Traffic After Disassociation = 153 occurrences
  •     Lucent Link Test Vulnerability = 10 occurrences
  •     MAC Address Changes (Spoofing) = 1452 occurrences
  •     Client Probes = 2502 occurrences
  •     Deauthentication / Disassociation Floods = 345 occurrences
  •     WEP Crack Attempts = 809 occurrences

About Highwall Technologies

Highwall Technologies is a leading provider of enterprise wireless products that detect and locate wireless devices, and enable the management and security of wireless and wired networks.

Highwall Technologies sells the Rogue Detection System 2.0 that delivers 24x7 surveillance of the airspace at extended ranges plus identifies the physical location of wireless devices in a building. The key value to the customer is protection from the installation and use of any unauthorized wireless devices, dramatically reducing network vulnerabilities and exposures.

The Highwall Rogue Detection System is the best-of-breed solution for rogue wireless detection and location in the marketplace today. Additional information about Highwall Technologies is available at http://www.highwalltech.com.


Jack Newton

Blanc and Otus for Highwall Technologies

(678) 477-1154


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