Alert 1! Alert 1! Action Message Follows

This article from PCWorld reports that the WPA encryption standard used by advanced WiFi users has been cracked. In fact, not only has it been cracked but it can be done in no more than 12 to 15 minutes. If true, and the article says at least some of the hack is already in the wild, you should immediately switch to WPA2.

Some older routers (and PCs) can be updated to run WPA2 but if yours can’t, I would recommend buying one that can. YMMV. Insert disclaimer here.

Aloha!

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2 responses to “Alert 1! Alert 1! Action Message Follows

  1. Any and every encryption is breackable and will be broken. So there is no big surprise here.
    That doesn’t mean one should be complacent, quite the opposit.

  2. Aloha!

    A report in Lifehacker (here: http://lifehacker.com/5079721/how-to-protect-your-wi+fi-network-from-the-wpa-hack ) says that the fix could be a bit more simple (and less expensive):

    “The key: Just log into your router, switch off Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) as an encryption mode, and use Advanced Encryption System (AES) only. TKIP is the only protocol that the hack applies to, so switching to AES-only will ensure that your Wi-Fi network is safe again. ”

    I haven’t verified this, but it is another data point.

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