Articles about wi-fi

Man the harpoons: The KRACK-en reawakens in updated WPA2 attack

The Belgian researcher who last year gave the world the KRACK attack has returned with what he says is a refined version of the vulnerability. KRACK was first disclosed roughly 12 months ago by Mathy Vanhoef of Flanders university KU Leuven. It was a protocol attack, meaning any implementations that followed the standard …
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Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

Wi-Fi, known for about two decades by its wonky Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers designation, IEEE 802.11, has adopted a new consumer-oriented naming scheme. The latest version of the specification, 802.11ax, has been renamed Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Austin, Texas-based trade association responsible …
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Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

Video Wireless network gear can be used to estimate the number of people hidden behind walls, according to fresh research out of America. Saandeep Depatla, a PhD student, and Yasamin Mostofi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, both at the University of California, Santa Barbara, were able to figure out more or less …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Sep 2018
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Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking

Security researchers have found a way to sniff Android system broadcasts to expose Wi-Fi connection information to attackers. Tracked as CVE-2018-9489, the issue was discovered by Nightwatch Cybersecurity and published yesterday. If you can, upgrade to Android 9 (Pie), because there's no plan to fix older versions. What they …
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Encryption doesn't stop him or her or you... from working out what Thing 1 is up to

You don't need to sniff clear-text Internet of Things traffic to comprehensively compromise a gadget-fan's home privacy: mere traffic profiles will do the job nicely, a group of researchers has found. Encrypted streams can be surprisingly revealing, after all: just ask Cisco, which learned how to identify malware crossing the …
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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

Wi-Fi has been creeping its way on to UK trains over the last few years as the government seeks to deal with the issue of mobile dead-zones by getting the train companies to provide free connectivity. However, very low caps and aggressively throttling can make what is an often already unpleasant train journey all the more …
Richard Speed, 9 Jul 2018
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Australia defies trend for network sales slide, shovels cash at Cisco

The router market is stagnating worldwide, but nobody's told Australian buyers. Analyst firm IDC, which in June gave us the drear news that global router sales fell 1.4 per cent between Q1 2017 and Q1 2018, reckons Australian customers like their packet-processing big iron: its Asia-Pacific Quarterly Router Tracker released …
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WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security

The Wi-Fi Alliance has taken the wraps off the latest generation of Wi-Fi security, WPA3. Delivered on Monday, the security protocol brings new and improved authentication and encryption to wireless networks. Both home and enterprise networks stand to benefit from the upgrade. The revamp includes Simultaneous Authentication …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2018
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In World Cup Russia, our Wi-Fi networks will log on to you!

The upcoming soccer World Cup will present no shortage of security dangers for travelers looking to get online in the host cities. Security house Kaspersky Lab said its researchers looked at 32,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots in the 11 Russian cities hosting the World Cup this year and found that one in five are using no protection …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jun 2018

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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