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Wi-Fi security suffers from some bad Krack

Another week, another massive vulnerability found. This week it seems Wi-Fi security is officially broken.

Researchers from the University of Leuven found a number of vulnerabilities which affect Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), two security protocols which are used in billions of devices. Dubbed Krack (Key Reinstallation Attack) by its discoverer Mathy Vanhoef of Belgian university KU Leuven, the attack manipulates cryptographic handshakes and allows information sent over Wi-Fi to be easily intercepted, including credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and more. Packets can also be forged and injected.

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