You know that helpful WiFi thing you’ve been connecting your phone and computer to in your home and at work for the last 14 years without incident? Well, your carefree, happy browsing days may be coming to an end.
Belgian researchers have discovered a major flaw in the authentication system WPA2 (wi-fi protected access II) – which they have dubbed ‘Krack’.
What does this mean? It means that people could possibly hack their way into the wireless network you’re connected to and see what you’re up to on the internet (which I’m sure is going to make a lot of people gulp and go a little pale).
According to the research team, ‘the majority’ of WiFi connections are vulnerable unless they get patched.
Apparently, the flaw is ‘exceptionally devastating’ for networks connected to Android 6.0.
And so serious is the threat that America’s important-sounding Computer Readiness Team (Cert) has stepped in with its own warning, saying: ‘US-Cert has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the four-way handshake of wi-fi protected access II (WPA2) security protocol. Most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected.’
Is this the cue for Ceefax’s return? Watch this space.