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KRACK Attacks

‘All wifi networks’ are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers


KRACK attacks, or Key Reinstallation Attacks, make Linux, Android, and OpenBSD device-users particularly vulnerable to having their information stolen.


“The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness.

Mathy Vanhoef, a security expert at Belgian university KU Leuven, discovered the weakness in the wireless security protocol WPA2, and published details of the flaw on Monday morning.

“Attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted,” Vanhoef’s report said. “This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos and so on.” -Alex Hern, The Guardian


 

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