FireShepherd Out to Tame Firesheep Wi-Fi Hackers
A new program called FireShepherd may finally put the Firesheep hacking tool out to pasture.
FireShepherd is a recently-released program designed to combat Firesheep , the Firefox broswer add-on that grants a hacker unimpeded access to 26 highly-trafficked sites such as Facebook , Google, and Twitter, on computers running on public Wi-Fi networks .
FireShepherd is configured to jam the nearby wireless network with packets designed to turn off FireSheep," wrote the program's creator, Gunnar Atli Sigurdsson, an electrical engineering student at the University of Iceland. FireShepherd runs every .5 sec or so, disseminating a string of junk characters that scramble and obfuscate the Wi-Fi signal hackers need to effectively run Firesheep.
It's too early to tell, but FireShepherd may be the tool that thwarts the widespread digital grazing done by Firesheep.
Though Firesheep's creator, Eric Butler, said he designed the program to expose flaws with popular websites and the ease with which they can be compromised , Firesheep may have had a more detrimental effect than he imagined; since its late October release, Firesheep has been downloaded more than 200,000 times according to a report by Gigaom.com.
FireShepherd currently is available only for Windows users. It can be downloaded at http://notendur.hi.is/~gas15/FireShepherd.