Unfortunately the bad guy is trying to win again. Now they have been able to hack the WPA2 security on you wireless router or access point. What was once known as one of the most secure wireless settings for your home or business WiFi is now under attack. You can find more here!
How are they doing it? Well it is very lengthy and can be difficult to understand. What the end user should know is that there is a flaw in the WPA2 protocol and it will allow the intruder to get on your wireless network and do harmful things, such as stealing information or injecting malware on your devices.
This is not the first time that we have seen WPA2 have a vulnerability, but hopefully it will be the last. At least until they release a more secure wireless protocol.
So how will one fix this?
This is a list of the current providers creating patches for their wireless devices:
ADTRAN, Aerohive Networks, Arch Linux, Amazon, Apple, Aruba Networks, Belkin, Linksys, and Wemo, Cisco, DD-WRT, Debian, Dell, D-Link, DrayTek, Espressif, Fedora, FreeBSD, Fortinet, Google, Intel, Kisslink, Lede, LineageOS, Linux, Meraki, Microchip Technology, Microsoft, MikroTik, Netgear, Nest, OpenBSD, Open-Mesh & CloudTrax, Peplink, pfSense, Qualcomm, Red Hat, Raspberry Pi, Sierra Wireless, Sonicwall, Sophos, Synology, Toshiba, TP-Link, Turris Omnia, Ubiquiti (UniFi, AmpliFi, airMax), Ubuntu, WatchGuard, WiFi Alliance Announcement, Zyxel.
More on this list here!
For now, ways that you can avoid the hack is to make sure you are accessing secure websites, turn off the wifi on your phone and use mobile data, and if applicable use an ethernet connection to access the internet.
If you do not see your wireless device on this list then they have not commented on their plan to resolve the issue.
Elkhorn Computer primarily uses Fortinet Wireless Access points for business, for which there has been a release already, and Netgear for residential for which they will be releasing an update to fix the vulnerability.
If you would like more information please contact our office at 402-350-0372 and if you would like to schedule an appointment for a technician to come out to make sure you are secure please let the technician know at the time of the call.