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Old December 11, 2009, 07:53 PM
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Default Are you running a WEP protected wireless network ?

It offers no real security and has been broken since several years (starting around 2001). I'm just curious, how much of HWC members are still using it ?
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Old December 11, 2009, 08:26 PM
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WPA here.......rural residential neighborhood, not too worried at all! Hell, my Notebok WiFi shows 3 other Networks available with NO protection ;)
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Old December 11, 2009, 08:33 PM
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WPA2 here.
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Old December 11, 2009, 08:39 PM
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WPA2 here, and I voted yes by accident :/
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Old December 11, 2009, 11:45 PM
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WPA here.......rural residential neighborhood, not too worried at all! Hell, my Notebok WiFi shows 3 other Networks available with NO protection ;)
That's downright scary.... I convince all of my customers that they should be securing their network by explaining that it's not the fact that folks might be stealing their bandwidth they should be concerned with, but instead it's what they're doing with the bandwidth..... takes a hell of a lot of explaining if your router happens to be the IP that kiddie porn is being downloaded/uploaded over..........
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Old December 12, 2009, 01:40 AM
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For US$34, a new cloud-based hacking service can crack a WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) network password in just 20 minutes.

New Cloud-based Service Steals Wi-Fi Passwords - PC World Business Center
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Old December 12, 2009, 04:17 AM
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Nice little article, I didn't know this kind of service was available. But like it says
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The attack will work if the network's password is in Marlinspike's 135 million-phrase dictionary, but if it's a strong, randomly generated password it probably won't be crackable.
WPA/WPA2 share this same weakness, and as for WPA2, it's the only weakness discovered to this day. And this weakness is avoidable by using a good passphrase, which should roughly consist of more than 10 characters, with lower/upper case letters, digit and special characters, and that should keep you safe for at least a couple of years...

pyrit is an interesting software (it uses GPGPU) for finding the PMK of WPA/WPA2-PSK protected wireless network. This article is fairly interesting, but also fairly technical: The twilight of Wi-Fi Protected Access Pyrit
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.......takes a hell of a lot of explaining if your router happens to be the IP that kiddie porn is being downloaded/uploaded over..........

My neighbor came to his house once every 2 months, he ask me to activate the wireless on my router to accommodate him. I say no way, everything stay wire here.
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Old December 12, 2009, 07:23 AM
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Lol Mark, you're paranoid.
WPA2 personal, and there's no one in my area that will/can hack into the network.
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Old December 12, 2009, 07:52 AM
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Regular WEP can be cracked in about 5 to 10 minutes if the person knows what they are doing using FREE software. I always recommend people use the highest encryption and monitor your bandwidth. If it somehow jumped rather high in a short period of time and you don't know why, someone's hacked your router and stealing your nets!.
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