Friday, October 27, 2017
Vulnerability in wireless networks exposed
A bug in wireless networks can leave the information you send at risk, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
“KRACK” allows attackers to break the encryption protecting most wireless networks, the FTC says.
While the vulnerability is not cause for panic—software companies have already begun rolling out security patches—it serves as an important reminder that nothing is 100-percent safe online.
“In order to be a victim of this attack, the user needs to be a direct target,” says Camilo Ruiz, a network security analyst at Dupaco’s Hillcrest Road branch in Dubuque, Iowa. “The attacker would have to be within range of the wireless signal between the user’s device and the wireless access point.”
Tips to help secure your information online
To reduce your chance of fraud with this vulnerability and others that are sure to follow, continue doing your part to secure your information online:
By Emily Kittle