Word Notes 8.11.20
Ep 10 | 8.11.20

rogue access point (noun)


Rick Howard: The word is rogue access point.

Rick Howard: Definition 1: a wireless access point installed by employees in an office or data center environment as a convenience to connectivity without the consent or the knowledge of the network manager.

Rick Howard: Definition 2: a wireless access point, sometimes called an Evil Twin installed by a cyber adversary in or near an office or data center environment designed to bypass security controls, gain access and/or surveil the network traffic of the victim's network.

Rick Howard: Example sentence: Assumed that any device that connects to a rogue access point is potentially compromised because it is bypassing the authorized security procedures put in place by the IT department.

Rick Howard: Context: Both kinds, the employee installed and the adversary installed rogue access points, increase the attack surface of the organization. The employee installed device, because of its electronic footprint range might make it easier for hackers and mischief makers outside of the organization's network to bypass the corporate security controls and gain access without permission. The adversary installed device is designed specifically to bypass the security controls of the target network.

Rick Howard: In Mr. Robot, Episode 6, Season 2, Angela, played by Portia Doubleday, walks into an FBI office floor, finds a working Ethernet hub underneath the desk next to a surge protector plugged into the wall. She hides her own backup battery device and rogue access point in a crush of cables under the desk, plugs everything in and walks away.