Run for the hills — WPA encryption cracked [From the department of: It's not really that bad]

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by Mike
Posted August 27th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

At first, the title may start your heart into a flurry of disassociated beats leaving you lost, scared, and hopeless. While a team of researches in Japan did in fact crack WPA encryption, the world is far from over. First, how did they do it? Simple. By exploiting a flaw in the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) they managed to blow a WPA TKIP protected network wide open. Now again, this is easily fixed — simply switch to WPA AES or move on to greener, more heavily fortified WPA2 pastures. WPA TKIP is sort of like the “new WEP” in that it is becoming pretty much useless as a security method for protecting a wireless network.

Of course, as CrunchGear highlights, you could be ultra secure and forget this stupid password nonsense all together by using SSL or TLS to keep snoops off of your network. Whataya’ say?

Source: CrunchGear, Yahoo News, Image Source

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  • Mike
    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm
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    Or just use homeplugs (powerline ethernet adaptors) ;)

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