Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wifi Vulnerability Compromises Privacy Across Networked Devices

     A new vulnerability, dubbed 'Krack' and discovered by researcher Mathy Vanhoef, has opened up nearly every device that connects via WiFi to attack. This new vulnerability allows a potential hacker to access a user's connection via the WPA2 encryption that WiFi networks use. Mathy Vanhoef explains what this can mean for vulnerable devices: "This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on. The attack works against all modern protected WiFi networks."

    Companies are rolling out patches to fix the vulnerability as quickly as possible, but some warn that patches for the vulnerability will take some time to roll out completely given the amount of devices open to the hack. GoTrusted VPN users will be happy to know that, though the encryption on the WiFi connection could be compromised, operating through a GoTrusted connection will limit their vulnerability to the attack, since all their information is being encrypted before going through the possibly affected WiFi connections.

    You can read more about the Krack vulnerability on the BBC's website. Our support team is also available to answer any questions you might have.