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    From Steve Gibson at
    After catching up with only a small bit of the week's security news, Leo Laporte and I discuss the recent revelation of a fundamental security flaw in the functioning of the WiFi WPA standard. WiFi Access Points, following the certification-mandated default configuration, allow an attacker to obtain network access within just a few hours.

    A few hints are to disable your router PIN number. To locate your router PIN number, in most cases, it is printed on a tag on the back of your router, and is 8 digits in length. The MAC address filter usually doesn't work. To log into your router, open a web browser and, in the address bar, type or One of those addresses should work. If you have not changed your user name (admin) or your password (password), those two choices should work.

    Not only is your WiFi network at risk, there is a freeware download of a brute force hack available at

    “Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ is an optional certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance that is designed to ease the task of setting up and configuring security on wireless local area networks. Introduced by the
    Wi-Fi Alliance in early 2007, the program provides an industry-wide set of network setup solutions for
    homes and small office (SOHO) environments.

    Wi-Fi Protected Setup enables typical users who possess little understanding of traditional Wi-Fi
    configuration and security settings to automatically configure new wireless networks, add new devices
    and enable security. More than 200 products have been Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ for Wi-Fi Protected Setup
    since the program was launced (sic!) in January 2007.”

    I have published this so that you will be aware of the hack, and download the hacking software to exploit your router in order to make it safer. Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, and other top brands are susceptible to attack. Not only can a hacker get into your router, they can gain access to your computers through the router.

    Last edited by SoCalTom; 01-15-2012, 12:30 AM.

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