Download Squad PSA: WPA encryption successfully cracked
It may not be typical Download Squad fare, but this morning's news from PC World is important enough to share with our readers.
Researchers Eric Tews and Martin Beck managed to break a TKIP key in about 15 minutes using a non-dictionary attack. It's the first reported chink the in armor for the encryption standard that replaced WEP.
Some of the code used in the attack has made its way into the Aircrack-ng wireless cracking tool, which means Pandora's box is wide open. In the article, Sri Sundaralingam, VP of Airtight Network states "Its just the starting point. Erik and Martin have just opened the box on a whole new hacker playground."
The newer WPA2 standard remains safe, so now may be the time to upgrade your router if it's not supported.