All networks have security risks, but just like physical neighborhoods, some networks are safer than others. For example, consultants using a client company's private network likely face less risk than the salesperson using the local coffee house's unsecured Wi-Fi connection. If you need a more specific example, just consider the Black Hat USA 2008 security conference.
Three French reporters were expelled from the conference for allegedly sniffing the network passwords from other journalists. According to an article on TG Daily, the three individuals used the Cain and Able security tool to sniff network traffic within the Black Hat 2008 media room. While Black Hat attendees are warned that the conference's Wi-Fi network is open to constant sniffing, the press room is traditionally off limits.
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