Last week, a report by Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet revealed a vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol used by virtually all Wi-Fi networks worldwide. The flaw allows hackers to perform a man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack and decrypt and read all Internet traffic going through the network. However, Secure Phone users should rest assured that their security is not compromised.
Is someone trying to hack your phone? The answer to this question is most likely “yes” – regardless of whether you are a person of particular interest to hackers or not. The average Joe may not be the CEO of a petroleum or pharmaceutical company, but there is still money to be made in hacking their device and extracting data. Here is how attackers do that.
Do you use free hotel Wi-Fi? Well, you better not. Last week security research firm FireEye published a report claiming a notorious hacking group is using a leaked NSA tool to infiltrate hotel networks and steal the credentials of high-profile targets. Just another reason to stay clear of free Wi-Fi hotspots.
In an age when people do more and more things on their smartphones, getting to a free Wi-Fi hotspot feels like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert. Who wouldn’t prefer to hop on a free network and browse the hell of the Internet without having to worry about a data limit? Well, just like anything else that’s free, wi-fi comes with a fine print. And its reads “data leaks.”
Nowadays, IMSI-catchers are pretty much vanilla surveillance. Such devices have been used by law enforcement and not-so-lawful adversaries alike to seize phone data for over a decade. Now, researchers have demonstrated how the same can be done over Wi-Fi. And it is also relatively easy.