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This is what happens when one confuses "random" with "profound."
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Let's say you're at the [coffee shop/mall/airport], and your
[phone/tablet/notebook/netbook/Father's Day tie/laptop/Macbook]
gets hacked. I'm going to surmise by the proliferation of WiFi usage
agreements, you may have some recourse with the WiFi provider
absent an agreement to the contrary.
Perhaps to avoid a public
relations scandal, they offer their surveillance videos to accompany
your hopeless police report. Was it the kid with the tape on his glasses
carrying a 2U NAS around with him on a suitcase dolly running on a
car battery duct-taped to a UPS? Was it the quiet old lady with a USB
cord running suspiciously from her iPhone to her purse? Was it Colonel
Mustard in the conservatory with the lead pipe?
In the proposed attempt to heighten wireless security (or at least deter
attempts to thwart it), receive-only stations would be placed around
the area of interest. Using either triangulation (like old aviation
navigational radios) or signal timing (like GPS systems), MAC
addresses would be assigned physical coordinates against a
predetermined datum of both space and time. This information could
later be married against network logging and surveillance videos to
pinpoint criminals (or direct advertisements unfortunately).
||This will be useful if the adversary is in the room, but isn't it more
common that the WAP itself has been compromised and the attacker
is long gone (if he was ever physically present in the first place),
perhaps having handed over control to some eastern European