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WPA Wireless Cracked!

Its been known for a while that WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) is not secure for our wireless computing needs. This has led most companies and home offices to use WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) for some time now. Its been said that WPA is very safe and would take a long time for anyone to try and break. Up to now, there has not been any success in cracking WPA.

Recent news has been released that WPA has been cracked, using a new method, in a short amount of time. The security breach isn't in WPA directly, but a component of it. The TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) key is the component that has been broken, in only 12-15 minutes. This should cause some concern in the security field, but most of us are safe to continue using our current WPA networks. Afterall, the TKIP key can be easily obtained from a family member or company employee using social engineering. So, for now, most companies and home wireless networks are safe from prying eyes and hackers.

The news article referenced in this post is from Network World. Do you use wireless at home? Do you use WEP, WPA or WPA2? Do you feel safe using wireless?

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