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At last, real wireless LAN security
During the inception of the 802.11 standards for wireless networking, the IEEE had to resolve a fundamental issue of wireless security; it's vulnerable because it uses radio signals through open air space, as opposed to electrical signals through closed wires. The Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) standard was created to address this liability. It was supposed to make wireless networks as private as wired networks by using 40-bit and 128-bit encryption. Maybe it's due to a lack of peer review or some other misstep, but whatever the reason, that "equivalent privacy" is not so private after all.
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