Researchers find bug in Wi-Fi network encryption

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If you have a smartphone, laptop, or IoT device connected to a Wi-Fi network, the information you send over that network could be at risk. Researchers recently found a bug that lets attackers break the encryption that protects most wireless networks – leaving data you send exposed.

The bad news is that this is not a problem with a specific device, or even manufacturer – it’s a problem with the WPA2 encryption standard nearly all Wi-Fi devices on the market today use to scramble communications, preventing eavesdropping and tampering. Basically, if you use a device to connect to a wireless network at home, work, or elsewhere, this bug means you cannot rely on that connection being secure.

The good news is that the bug can be fixed with a security update or patch. Device manufacturers and software companies are aware of the bug and updates for affected devices should be rolling out in the near future, if they haven’t already.

In the meantime, connections other than Wi-Fi (like your smartphone’s 4G/3G carrier connection, or a connection with an Ethernet cable) are not affected. So, consider using them instead of Wi-Fi until the updates are available.

Even so, this bug is a reminder that there’s no single solution to secure your data, and all of the other tips for protecting your sensitive information and security online are more important than ever, including:

  • Keep up with the latest updates for your software and devices, including updates for your smartphone, computer, and any IoT devices around your home.
  • Avoid sending sensitive information over public Wi-Fi, whether or not it’s encrypted.
  • When you do send sensitive information to a website, make sure the address starts with “HTTPS” – this will at least ensure the data you send to that one website is encrypted.
  • A VPN (Virtual Private Network) app or service can give you another layer of protection for your personal data. VPNs encrypt traffic between your computer and the internet – even on unsecured networks. You can get a personal VPN account from a VPN service provider. If you decide to use one, be aware some VPNs are more secure and easier to use than others, so shop around. Read reviews from several sources, including impartial experts.
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Could you give us a link or two to a review or reviews from one or more impartial experts?

Thank you for letting us know. Also keep us informed of updates and other security information.

Thank you, FTC. Great to receive this info. Thankfully, i have Ethernet, but will share!

Thanks

Thank You so very much for this information. Glad you're looking out for us!

thank you for the info update but the internet looks very sick any way as far to many people have two many broswers on the services as we know that all broswers are scams and in countries like New Zealand and Australia they have this fake broadband service and funny enough they all believe that its true and honest when its never ever been made from Haitachi Japan and so how do we get the message through to people when they wont believe and the amount of people in these countries that use Wi-Fi for cheap service is amazing

Well nice try. When the technology that you pay extra for and devices, tech support and network management is taken away just as similar to leave your tech exposed with no other option for tech use, what then? The law, and manufacturing experts are not helping and thing technically get worse and worse, not to mention expensive beyond reason... Do I just go off the grid because efficient help has been available?

I never again want to hear the statement "Your data is perfectly safe" from ANY company. It has been proved over and over and over again that our data is NOT safe.

Thanks.

Thanks for this information, a little late for me. I was hacked by a caller through my modem. Called my provider - they said they never heard of that and while talking on the phone with my provider - the hacker was on the phone too. I am still nervous about using my computer or phone. Nothing is safe.

Same thing happened to me

Back. Still got new number via my contact list and getting it from Contact.

I don’t trust anything so any thing private I use copper line phone.
My bank acct was emptied it will takes yrs of civil court lawsuits just to get my money back.

I do like FTC putting info out there. Take it seriously but I think the entire US infrastructure is at risk.

Devices were all intruded upon two phones one kindle and a laptop were all crashed lost phone numbers email addresses but most importantly, was information that was much needed to accomplish financial stability. But when it was reported They said not possible, your lying, we can't see a problem, and the worst words of all were... If your not a government agency, then we can't help you! It's been nearly a year of the intrusion and to this day nothing has been recouped , and Im still not a government agency but I am a tax payer that pays our government to see that we can exercise our amendments specifically the 4th.

I've been dealing with this for 2 years. I've been called crazy cops look at you weird the Internet providers as well. I kept telling them was the phone and internet. As I've eliminated and study so much cause I can't stand my privacy violated. I've been ripped off with all the gadgets they get in your stuff they watch your house and gps. I could go on. What now? You wouldn't believe what I've come across.

Wow is any system safe now. I see so many people at restaurants using their WIFI and these systems are the worse.

To, October 22, 2017 I was watching NetFlex and up pops ERR: Call Apple A.S.A.P. You have a virus, already being a victim of Idenity Theft (4) times I got sick to my stomach, I called Apple, yes we can help you its just $300.00 WHAT??? I'm disabled on a fixed income I don't have that much. So long to short I got Support for 6 months for $100.00, that I don't have. This site is (1) of the very FEW I trust, just wish these people could get caught. GOD BLESS US ALL

I need to no

The VPN thing don't work someone is attached to my VPN and I can't get rid of them

I think they need to make the consequences extremely harsh. I would like to see a mandatory jail sentence with restitution including Identity theft. 20 years

To FTC, i was happy to see theis, BUT I have also been hacked by a VPN user, using Blue Tooth Technology. Can be found nder User Accounts, Generic Web Credentials. You can go in and remove, but if they have your MAC address, they can keep getting in.

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