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'All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers | Technology | The Guardian
WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken by Belgian researchers, highlighting potential for internet traffic to be exposed
internet  wifi  security  vulnerability  wpa2  article  theguardian 
5 days ago by aeng
Wi-Fi (WPA2 security) is broken – here's the companies that have already fixed it • Charged
Owen Williams:
<p>The implications of this new attack are pretty scary sounding, and the news is still developing but a few things are fairly clear:

• Almost every mobile/desktop device on the planet is affected and needs patching
• Your router will need a software update at some point
• Nobody will know how to update their router, or how to check if it's patched

If you're affected (and you almost certainly are) it's important to check if your devices can be patched immediately. Not just your router, but whatever you're using to get online too. 

To be clear, however, <strong>the most important fix to apply is the one for your phones, laptops and other devices.</strong> The data transmitted by these devices could now be exposed. </p>

There are quite a few sites which are keeping rolling lists of who has and hasn't offered an update. The risk, of course, is to people who are using old devices which will never get an update. There's also some risk to products - hello Internet of Things! - which can't or won't be updated.

The crack is nothing like as bad as that affecting WEP (which was flawed even before it was released; it could be cracked by anyone within an hour). But it is significant.
security  vulnerability  hack  wpa2  wifi 
5 days ago by charlesarthur

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