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Rogue Access Point
A rogue AP is any wireless access point in a network's coverage area that is not an authorized part of that network. Rogue APs compromise network security. An attacker may deploy a rogue AP masquerading as a legitimate access point in order to glean useful security information from unsuspecting users, prior to breaking into or disrupting the network. A rogue AP may also be an access point physically connected to the wired network (deployed by a company employee, for example); the unauthorized AP may have a lower level of security than the company network, giving an attacker greater opportunity to break in. For this reason, even networks that do not have a legitimate wireless component are vulnerable to rogue APs.