Thursday, January 19, 2012

Indian Wi-Fi Networks may hack

Indian computer security analysts have founded and warned Wi-Fi users in the country against a possible virus attack that could lead to crashing and hacking of protected networks.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), country's national agency to respond to computer security incidents, has detected that the "Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) contains a design fault that could allow a weaker-than-expected defense against brute-force attacks, which could allow an attacker to gain illegal access to the affected system."

A brute-force attack, in computer terminology, is a program that is used to hack and stealthily enter into an encrypted and password protected system while WPS is a best method for locate a new wireless router for a home network.

A computer security analyst with a government agency said that the virus is streaming in the Indian Internet networks with a high sternness.

An unauthorized remote attacker within range of the wireless access point may use the PIN (password) to access the device to retrieve the password or change the configuration of the device via the wireless network.

At last the agency told some WPS devices; it does not implement any kind of lockout policy for a brute-force attempt greatly reduces the time to achieve a successful attack.

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