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Monday, 16 October 2017

Wi-Fi hotspot WPA2: your iPhone and iPad at risk



Today's mobile devices use WPA2 encryption to secure Wi-Fi networks. Today, unfortunately, this encryption has been hacked . This implies that from now any attacker could obtain information from any Wi-Fi connection protected by WPA2.

Most routers, private and public, use WPA2. Android and Linux are particularly vulnerable . But other platforms like iOS and macOS as well.

The security flaw of WPA2 has been discovered by Mathy Vanhoef, a security researcher in the department of computer science at the Belgian university KU Leuven.

    "We have discovered serious vulnerabilities in WPA2, a protocol that protects modern Wi-Fi connections. This could be used to steal information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos and more. "


During the initial investigation, they discovered that Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, Linksys and other platforms may be affected by some variants of this hack attack.

Mathy Vanhoef said that all platforms are vulnerable to this attack. However, he wanted to point out that Macs are much more resistant to hacking . Be that as it may, he has since found a much easier way to hack macOS .

If you access a secure web page, the data will be encrypted by the HTTPS protocol. But there are different attacks that can be used to bypass this security system.

The attack works by hacking the communications that arise when connecting a device to a Wi-Fi connection. There is a four-step process used to confirm that the device uses the correct password for the router , and then to agree on an encryption key that will be used on all data sent between the device and the router.

The good news of all this is that WPA2 can be patched to block an attack of this magnitude . Once the patch is available for your router, you will need to update your firmware without delay.

Source | 9to5mac 

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