war chalking


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war chalking

Identifying a facility that contains unsecured, active wireless LAN access points either by physically marking the building or sidewalk with chalk or by placing its street address on a website of hotspots. See war driving, Wi-Fi hotspot and 802.11.
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Hot on the heels of 'war driving' (see Dangerous driving , May 2001) comes 'war chalking', the digital equivalent of the bush telegraph for hackers looking for unprotected wireless Internet access.
War chalking is a code developed to advertise the presence of wireless networks.
One of the inventors of war chalking, web designer Matt Jones, says that it is "being recognised for the public good" it provides.