Reports: WPA Wi-Fi encryption cracked

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Researchers are claiming that they have found a way to partially crack the encryption used on WPA wireless communications.

According to a media reports, Erik Tews and Martin Beck claim that they have found a way to unlock the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) key, used by WPA, to read data sent from a wireless router to laptop computers. According to the researchers, the key can be cracked in 12-15 minutes.

Many companies and home users currently use the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption protocol to prevent criminals from sniffing confidential information out of the air which could be used for the purposes of identity theft.

It has long been known that WEP, an earlier encryption standard, was easily breached and many individuals and firms who use wireless have been encouraged to make the switch to a more…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.