Monday in CE: Massive WiFi Security Flaw Leaves Devices Vulnerable to Hack
According to recently published research, it’s been discovered that the WPA2 protocol that is used to secure modern protected WiFi networks has a massive series of flaws that leaves nearly every wireless device—routers, PCs, smartphones, and more—susceptible to hacking. Identified as the “Key Reinstallation Attackes,” or Krack Attacks, the security flaws were found to be in the actual WiFi standard, not individual products.
Without getting too into the weeds on the technology behind the flaws, what they allow the hacker to do essentially is make a carbon copy of the user’s WiFi network and use that duplicated network as a “middle man” between the device and the network. By rerouting a device through the dummy network the hacker is able to expose sensitive information that otherwise would’ve been encrypted.
This means things like credit card numbers, passwords, photos, and more can all be intercepted through this Krack Attack.
According to the findings, some devices are more susceptible to the hack than others. Researchers said Android and Linux devices are worse off thanks to a bug in the WPA2 standard that doesn’t require those devices to demand a unique encryption key each time they log onto the network. In a test run demonstrated on video, researchers were able to attack an Android device, exposing all of the victim’s transmitted data. It was also discovered that hackers could, at times, see information that was being transmitted to the device, meaning they could basically eavesdrop on the user’s internet activity.
Key security points to keep in mind: The attack isn’t able to expose the user’s network passwords, which makes it a little more difficult to hack into routers; websites running properly configured HTTPS as an additional layer of protection seemed to be safe; and the only way for the hacker to take advantage of these flaws is if they’re physically in range of the network.
Huawei has just announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro on stage in Munich, Germany. pic.twitter.com/GpdEHjQpgI
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Huawei announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro at an event in Germany on Monday. This will be the first device to feature the company’s brand-spanking-new Kirin 970 chip, which it unveiled at IFA 2017 in September.
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