Many of us have read the alarming warnings stating “All Wi-Fi networks are vulnerable to hacking” and inferring “no one is safe”.The challenge many have is deciphering the technical jargon to understand the steps individuals and organizations can take to protect themselves.
The problem is essentially the way Wi-Fi devices start a conversation and identify who can join the network is flawed. The Wi-Fi router or access device is guarding the wireless “door” to the network, and challenges computers to identify “who goes there”.This flaw allows the bad guys (hackers) to listen to that conversation and impersonate the good guys (you) to sneak into the network and possibly your computer, phone, tablet or IoT device.
The most vulnerable systems are computers running Linux, Android devices, Unix, and old or unpatched Windows and Apple. Many companies like Microsoft, Apple and Cisco have fixed the flaw, but only if you have installed the updates.
Here are the steps to help protect yourself from being “KRACK-ed” (KRACK = Key Reinstallation Attack):
For additional information, contact SVA Consulting’s resident cybersecurity experts.
About the author
Clint Crigger is the Chief Information Security Officer for SVA Consulting.With over 30 years of experience, Clint is a recognized leader in the field of Information Security, Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance.His expertise has been utilized by notable organizations such as NASA, Microsoft, IBM, Lockheed Martin, BOEING, QBE, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Booz Allen Hamilton, Circle K, AIG, CSC and the US Air Force. Clint has also been featured in the Newsweek article How a White Hat Hacker Breaks Into a Business.