A recent discovery by a security expert has discovered a severe vulnerability in Wi-Fi networks and have labelled the problem ‘KRACK’.
The problem is in relation to WPA2 (Wireless Protected Access 2) which is commonly known for being used on wireless networks. It is supposed to keep your network secure, but with the KRACK flaw, unfortunately it has causes for concern if they are not patched up quickly.
What does KRACK do?
The attack stands for Key Re-installation Attack which has had an effect on all Wi-Fi networks, whether it’s business or home everyone is at risk unless the flaw gets patched up right away. With the flaw completely open, it puts businesses and everyone at risk of having their personal information hacked in to. With the ability to decrypt traffic, they will be able to get access to anyone’s bank details which can have severe and disastrous results.
What to do?
There’s not a great deal you can physically do with this issue as it is up to the network providers and large businesses to deal with the issue. The main thing to do is just to be vigilant and aware when connecting to Wi-Fi networks as some may not have the issue patched up yet.
The good news of it is that the hacker will not be able gain unauthorized access immediately and directly. They will have to go through a pathway by connecting to the access point of the network by being within certain distance from it to successfully hack the network. So it’s not all that bad, but nobody can take a risk and leave it as there could be some form of solution around it.
- Apple confirmed on the 16th October that they were working on a patch for iOS and Mac and will be secure in the next update which has said to be released in the next few weeks.
- Microsoft have released a security update so any users that have it updated will be protected.
- Intel have released an advisory as they are currently working on the issue and are in communication with their customers and manufacturers to make sure the issue gets patched up as soon as possible.
Who else is affected?
There is a list that you can view to see which businesses are affected and when it has been updated