Half of wi-fi networks can be hacked in seconds

    Date14 Oct 2010
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Of the 40,000 networks identified in the six cities, just under 20,000 had no password or the most basic form of security encryption, the research for card protection and insurance company CPP found. In the ''ethical hacking'' experiment, researchers spent half an hour in each city using freely available software to use as many unsecured wireless connections as possible.

    Almost a quarter of the private networks (9,249) had no password, despite 82% of Britons believing their network is secure.

    But the study found even password-protected networks were not secure, with hackers able to breach a typical password in seconds.

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