Saturday, February 28, 2009

IIT Kanpur develops anti-hacking system - - 23 Feb 09

KANPUR: IIT Kanpur has developed a technology to secure wi-fi networks and prevent hacking incidents like terrorists intruding into the wireless internet system of an American based in Mumbai to send terror mails.

The technology, Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), completely secures your wi-fi systems and data from hackers, IIT-Kanpur director Sanjay Govind Dhande said.

A team of teachers and former students of the institute developed WIPS, he added.

Pravin Bhagwat, a member of the team which developed the technology, said that after the Ahmedabad bomb blasts where terrorists hacked the wi-fi system of an American in Mumbai, security agencies did not think of securing government and business organizations where a large number of wi-fi systems were installed.

A terror email claiming responsibility for the Ahmedabad bomb blasts was sent to some private new channels on July 27 from US national Haywood's computer.

Haywood denied his involvement and police suspect that his Internet Protocol was misused by someone to send the mail.

Earlier, IIT scientists surveyed some offices and business houses in prominent cities for accessible wi-fi networks.

During the survey, it was found that even without entering the premises, the wi-fi systems of these buildings can be accessed and within minutes secured information obtained, he said.

The study also found that majority of the government and private organisations have installed wi-fi systems but have not taken any preventive measure against hackers.

According to Dhande, the science department of the institute then thought of developing a technology that would secure information on the system. Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) is now the solution for these buildings.

Revealing further details, Bhagwat said, "We first noted the number of access points of the wi-fi systems and then WIPS sensors were installed in the building to secure it".

After the installation of the device, if anyone tries to hack information on a wi-fi system inside a building, these sensors first lock the system and then blow off an alarm, he said.

Dhande said many private organizations have shown their interest in the device, though he did not name any for obvious security reasons.

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