CNET reports that researchers at the University of Liverpool have announced that they have successfully created the first virus that spreads via WiFi, “as efficiently as the common cold infects humans”
The twist seems to be that this virus doesn’t seem to directly attack computers but rather, unprotected WiFi Access Points (AP), such as those used in public areas like airports, coffee shops, etc. Because of this, current antivirus software would be useless since there would be nothing to detect on the computer. Once an AP was compromised, information such as passwords and other account information would be available for harvesting. Also the virus would identify other unprotected networks and continue spreading in this manner.
Properly secured WiFi networks were not (currently) vulnerable to the virus, and the researchers hope to use the information to identify future attacks.Follow bernardfok