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OpenWrt forums lost as hardware failure again crocks open Wi-Fi router

Open source Wi-Fi firmware project OpenWrt says a hardware fault has taken down its forums, which appear not to be recoverable. The forums disappeared with a simple, and distressing, message: The OpenWrt forum is currently offline due to a hardware problem on the hosting machine. Unfortunately we neither have access to the …
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How's your Wednesday? Things going well? OK, your iPhone, iPad can be pwned via Wi-Fi sync

RSA 2018 The iTunes Wi-Fi sync feature in Apple's iOS can be potentially abused by cops, snoops, and hackers to remotely extract information from, and control, iPhones and iPads. This is according to researchers at Symantec, who discovered that, once an iOS device trusts a physically connected computer, the device can, in certain …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2018

What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

The vast majority of punters are potentially leaving themselves exposed to miscreants by failing to change the password and security setting on their routers - according to a survey. Some 82 per cent said they had never changed their administrator password, a poll of 2,205 people by Brit comparison website Broadband Genie …
Kat Hall, 12 Apr 2018
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Google wants to gobble up Nokia's airborne broadband biz – reports

Google looks set to expand its horizon according to reports that claim the ad giant is in talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband biz. Nokia's tech could provide Google with a faster alternative to existing in-flight Wi-Fi. The LTE A2G cellular-based system is intended to forge a direct link between the aircraft and the ground …
Kat Hall, 11 Apr 2018

What a mesh: BT Whole Home Wi-Fi users moan over update

Three weeks after a firmware update to BT’s home mesh networking solution, customers are still complaining that they have to constantly reboot their devices, with some being unable to connect at all. One Reg reader who alerted us to the issue said the patch had "borked [their] Whole Home Wi-Fi mesh solution". BT’s customer …
Richard Speed, 26 Mar 2018

Wi-Fi Alliance allegedly axed army reservist for being called up. Now the Empire strikes back

The US Department of Justice on Thursday filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Wi-Fi Alliance – a non-profit based in Austin, Texas, that promotes Wi-Fi technology and standards – for allegedly laying off an employee because of his ongoing military service obligations. The government's complaint, filed on …
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Facebook recruits Nokia to trial and standardise Terragraph wireless tech

Facebook hopes to get parts of its Terragraph wireless comms platform standardised by the IEEE, and has recruited Nokia to help. Terragraph is a big part of Facebook's plan to connect the “next four billion” to Facebook the Internet using the 60 GHz band. First announced in April 2016, the Terragraph team is helping inform the …
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802.11ax Wi-Fi standard isn't ready, Qualcomm bakes chips anyway

In November 2017, the next version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, stalled in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers's (IEEE's) standards process, but vendors want to push ahead with at least some of its features, according to Qualcomm Wi-Fi product marketing lead Prakash Sangam. Speaking to The Register after the company …
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Swipe fright: Tinder hackers may know how desperate you really are

A lack of security protections in Tinder's mobile app is leaving lonely hearts vulnerable to eavesdropping. That's according to security biz Checkmarx this week, which claimed Android and iOS builds of the dating app fail to properly encrypt network traffic, meaning the basic actions of peeps looking to hookup – such as swipes …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2018
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Google fuels up Chromecast Wi-Fi flooding fix

Google has confirmed plans to issue a patch for Chromecast and Google Home aimed at resolving a traffic flooding problem that was swamping home networks. Chromecast OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections? READ MORE The fix – due later today – follows a series of work-around updates from router …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2018
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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices. TP-Link and Linksys were first out of the blocks with firmware fixes, and TP-Link has posted this explanation of the issue. The bug is not in the routers, but in Google's "Cast" feature, used in Chromecast, Google …
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With WPA3, Wi-Fi will be secure this time, really, wireless bods promise

Wi-Fi security should become a bit less laughable with the pending introduction of the WPA3 protocol this year. In conjunction with this week's commencement of CES – letters that once stood for Consumer Electronics Show and now come meaning-free – the Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday heralded the arrival of WPA3 as the successor to …
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How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject

Thanks to the ridiculous valuation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, cryptomining code has become a common mechanism for converting authorized and stolen computing cycles into potential cash. Antivirus and ad-blocker makers have responded by trying to halt crafty coin-crafting code from hijacking CPU time, particularly in …
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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

Analysis A study of 913 pregnant women in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, found those exposed to high levels of magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation had a 2.72x higher risk of miscarriage than those exposed to low MF levels. The Kaiser Permanente study, "Exposure to Magnetic Field Non-Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Dec 2017
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Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!

Chipmaker Marvell has claimed it will be the first to offer Wi-Fi chipsets that bring the 802.11ax standard to the world. 802.11ax hasn't been signed off yet, but promises to send WiFi towards 10 Gb/s thanks to its use of both multi-user multiple-i-nput and multiple-output (MU-MIMO) and the new Orthogonal frequency-division …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles

In an effort to make objects more chatty, boffins at the University of Washington have developed a way to create 3D-printed plastic baubles that can communicate over Wi-Fi with other devices, without batteries or electronics. The technique, developed by UW doctoral students Vikram Iyer and Justin Chan, in conjunction with UW …
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YouTube sin-bins account of KRACK WPA2 researcher

The YouTube account of the researcher behind the KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability was restored early on Thursday hours after it was shut down for violating "community guidelines". Mathy Vanhoef‏ was told that his YouTube account had been sin-binned late on Wednesday. The move provoked criticism from security pros. Around two …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2017
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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

Updated Users are urged to continue using WPA2 pending the availability of a fix, experts have said, after security researchers went public with more information about a serious flaw in the wireless encryption protocol. So-called Key Reinstallation Attacks, aka KRACK, potentially work against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2017

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