Summary of Krack Hack . . . Who’s at Risk?

After reading close to a dozen articles about this significant WiFi hack, I want to summarize the key few points that can protect you from being exploited:

  • The attacks are difficult to implement as they require proximity to the WiFi network . . . so home users are safer than public wifi users.
  • For your most sensitive sites (like Banks, etc.), enable two-factor authentication so if someone does implement the hack, they still will require having your phone or access to your email acct to see the two factor PIN.
  • Of the 7 Major Operating Systems . . you’re protected if you’ve applied the patches for Apple OS’s (IoS, MacOS) – – Windows – – ChromeOS – – Linux – – BSD (Unix) BUT Android Users need to be careful as Android has a POOR track record for patches and updates compared to the aforementioned OS.s.
  • A “GNU/Linux” based replacement for Android is tentatively scheduled for release in 2019 – – which “may” (doubtful) spur more pro-activity by current Android vendors Librem 5 Phone Link


Krack WiFi Vulnerabilities

In case you haven’t yet read about the “Krack” wifi security issues – below is a link that explains the whole situation.

But you should know that patches have been issued by most major software and router companies (MS, Apple, Ubuntu, Netgear, etc.) . . . BUT, patches are no good if not installed.

So, check your systems (routers, AP’s, laptops, desktops of ALL OS’s to apply the patch if not already done).

Wired Article re Krack Hack . .

F35 Design Specs Hacked . . due to . .

Due to a scenario that could affect every member of our computer club . . . a weak default user id and password on a network router.   IF that’s combined with a faulty security setup for your wireless network . . it leaves your data “wide-open” . . .

Link to article re F35 Hack, Aussie Air Force