TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
5,672 Reviews & Articles | 36,054 News Posts

WEP security totally broken

| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Apr 4, 2007 11:34 pm

Running a wireless network at home or the office? Piece of advice, if you're currently relying on WEP encryption to block intruders out, switch to WPA ASAP!

 

Though its been known for a while that WEP is somewhat easy to crack, that appears to have just gotten a whoooole lot easier, with word spreading on the web that it can be done in as little time as a minute or so.

 

More info at The Inquirer and The Register.

 


SECURITY EXPERTS say that the WEP protocol for security LANs is totally broken and should be dumped on sensitive networks.

 

Boffins at Darmstadt Polytechnic said that WEP uses the RC4 stream to encrypt data which is transmitted over the air, using usually a single secret key 40 or 104 bit long.

 

WEP has been known to be insecure since 2001 after Scott Fluhrer, Itsik Mantin, and Adi Shamir published an analysis of the RC4 stream cipher. Since then crackers have been able to recover the key to a greater or lesser degree of success.

 

Further Reading: Read and find more Hacking & Security news at our Hacking & Security news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Post a Comment about this news

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Latest Downloads

View More Latest Downloads

TweakTown Web Poll

Question: Did EA kill the Battlefield franchise with the terrible BF4 issues?

Yes, Battlefield is doomed

No, Battlefield will live on strong

I'm not sure, but I know EA needs to improve its game

or View the Results

View More Polls

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Get TweakTown updates via Facebook!
Just click the "Like" button below