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'All Wi-Fi' devices are under threat, says report

18 October, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Lloyd Doyle

While this makes the attack a lot riskier, it's little comfort considering how widespread WPA2 encryption is used.

Luckily, the WPA2 flaw doesn't affect secure websites, so your personal information should be safe if you limit your internet surfing to these sites. By spamming a network with authentication requests, a hacker could look at all the responses and draw a conclusion about the content of the keys, thereby breaking its protections.

Earlier, it was reported that Mathy Vanhoef, a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven University in Belgium, had disclosed major vulnerabilities in the WPA2 protocol, which could lead to the interception of sensitive information, including bank card numbers, passwords, emails and photos.

Microsoft, which publishes first update on operating system side, states that re is no way to be feared on computers that are receiving automatic updates. However, Ars Technica reports that Android and Linux users are more vulnerable to severe attacks than Windows or iOS users. The WPA2 system is a system which secures the Wi-Fi connection between a router and a computer. "If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected." So.

KRACK targets people by manipulating the handshake messages, tricking them into re-installing encryption keys that are already in use.


Internet users may want to beef up their internet security after Spark announced on Tuesday they have been affected by a global Wi-Fi vulnerability.

It is used to confirm both the user and access point possess the correct credentials such as entering the correct passwords. "We agree that some of the attack scenarios in the paper are rather impractical, do not let this fool you into believing key reinstallation attacks can not be abused in practice", says Vanhoef, who has authored a 16-page academic paper on the vulnerability along with Piessens.

A severe security flaw has put at risk all data transmitted over Wi-Fi all over the world.

All WiFi users are advised to update their devices to the latest security update as soon as it's available. While changing the password of your Wi-Fi network does not prevent or mitigate the attack, it's never a bad idea to change the Wi-Fi password, Vanhoef said.

The only way to safeguard from KRACK is to update the affected products as soon as upgrades become available.

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