If we have been very circumspect as consumers of the Internet, the vulnerability of WI-FI networks wouldn’t come to us a surprise. WI-FI has always been a vulnerability vector and a huge medium of compromise against end users and businesses alike. A few days ago, Mathy Vanhoef of Imec-DistriNet discovered the flaw (KRACK VULNERABILITIES) that gave hackers easy access to WI-FI networks through the major WPA2 (WI-FI PROTECTED ACCESS) Protocol that most end-users have believed was the most secured.
The technical research posited that the vulnerability is going to affect Android and Linux users the most, but doesn’t rule away from the fact that iOS and Windows are also vulnerable. Pretty much, we are all affected by this. As soon as the vulnerability is set in motion, it can be used to steal passwords, bank card numbers, emails, photos, intercept chat messages to mention but a few. Depending on the intentionality of the attack, hackers can nudge a step higher in their playbook to distort network configurations and manipulate data.
At every given point in time when there’s a security lapse in the technology world, end users and businesses fixate their gaze on the overtly technical areas while ignoring the fact that a lot of scathes is already done through a lack of awareness and social engineering. End-users fail to do basic things like changing the password on their router from the default “admin/admin,” and this, in turn, reduces a hacking incident to simple theft, just like you not closing the jar of milk when the cats are hovering around.Read More »