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April 2, 2005, 1:15 pm
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The Feds can own your WLAN too
Millions of wireless access points are spread across the US and the
world. About 70% percent of these access points are unprotected—wide
open to access by anyone who happens to drive by. The other 30% are
protected by WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) and a small handful are
protected by the new WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) standard.
Figure 1: FBI Computer Scientist James C. Smith (left) and
FBI Special Agent Geoff Bickers (right) [Blocked Ads]
At a recent ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) meeting in
Los Angeles, a team of FBI agents demonstrated current WEP-cracking
techniques and broke a 128 bit WEP key in about three minutes. Special
Agent Geoff Bickers ran the Powerpoint presentation and explained the
attack, while the other agents (who did not want to be named or
photographed) did the dirty work of sniffing wireless traffic and
breaking the WEP keys.
This article will be a general overview of the procedures used by the
FBI team. A future article will give step-by-step instructions on how to
replicate the attack.
Re: The Feds can own your WLAN too
That's really not news. It doesn't take a special agent to do that.
It's already well known that WEP can be broken. In the early days of
telephone, one of the Rockafellers was quoted as saying, "If you don't
want it known, don't use the phone." The same thing goes for most
any connection although you might not get it to rhyme like that one.