802.11x WEP encryption has been cracked
It's scary whether or not he cracks it. Even if he does not let it get out, others will find out what he did now that they know it is vulnerable.
Guess wireless is out for me...
ANYTHING can be cracked, given time...
Hope my network guys know about this, they were just testing wireless on my roof 2 weeks ago. not a good thing.
It sucks that he has figured out how to break the protocol, but theoretically, it's a good thing. Maybe this will cause software engineers to create an even more secure protocol. He pointed out their weakness.
In theory, you're right, but more than likely, someone will turn around and sue him and look to have him thrown in jail like they did with that guy a few weeks ago who found a flaw in Adobe Acrobat's "security" features.
Seems the American way in the 21st century is not to learn from your mistakes but to work harder at covering them up.
If it's made by man, it can be destroyed by man.
Guys, don't jump on the bandwagon just yet. If you read how this stuff has been cracked "in the lab" and "making certain assumptions" you'll realize the anyone is still pretty far away from hacking your home or corporate 802.11b on the fly, without
- monitoring a specific access point from a distance (hard to do with multiple AP's on the air) for a week
- assuming a "simple" key password was used
- the key being changed every three days (took a week to crack the data)
- knowing the SSID
Even after knowing the key, and if it hasn't changed, you can only monitor packets - claims of being able to inject or alter data are very ambiguous.
If you want your network to be secure, you're not going to use just WEP; you are going to use many other *things* (for lack of a better word at this moment) to keep your network secure.
You are all dumb to wonder why or how any security measure will be cracked. You should be wondering about WHEN. In reality, there is no such thing as security as long as people have time on their hands.
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