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AirSnort: Wireless Networks Beware!
The University of Miami uses the wireless 802.11b network, the same network Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport are planning to use when they install common wireless infrastructures in the near future. The standard Wi-Fi encryption system used is WEP, or Wired Equivalent Privacy, which is supposed to protect data as it is transmitted. However, a recent paper written by a team of researchers, including cryptographer Adi Shamir, described a theory that would allow hackers to discover the key to the encryption system.
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