Impact Media Solutions will be on WECT News tomorrow 2/24/2011 @ 11:00 working on a News story with Colin Hackman discussing Sidejacking. Webopedia defines Sidejacking as a “Term to describe an act of hijacking an engaged web session with a remote service by intercepting and using the credentials that identified the user/victim to that specific server. Typically, SideJacking is most common on sites that require authentication through a username and password, such as online web mail accounts as well as social networking sites. Side Jacking works only if the site catches a non-SSL cookie, so any web site that uses SSL exclusively would be safe from SideJackers.”
In doing the interview and the story with WECT I was asked to perform SideJacking on users in specific locations for demonstration purposes and then show the users what access we had gained to their accounts. Needless to say they were very surprised to learn once we got their approval that we could access their Facebook accounts, Email accounts, etc…
This story is meant to be a word of caution when using Open WiFi hotspots such as in Coffee shops and other places that offer free internet. When you are on these free WiFi connections there are some precautionary steps that you should take to protect yourself.
You can read more about the story by going to the link below.