Discover Vendors/Products News
Wireless Security Flawed, Researchers Report
The culprit is the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol used in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 international standard for wireless LAN communications. It has flaws that "seriously undermine the security claims of the system," leaving it vulnerable to attacks that decrypt traffic, researchers find. The research group intercepted wireless transmissions, modified transmissions, and accessed restricted networks in its examination.
The Internet Security, Applications, Authentication and Cryptography (ISAAC) researchers, a group in the university's computer science department, have published their findings. They say they hope IEEE will redesign the protocol, and that companies will design and implement networks with better security principles.
The link for this article located at PCWorld is no longer available.