Let's face it; WiFi is among the most vulnerable and exposed technologies out there. It's about as safe as walking the streets of Nevada (considered the most dangerous state six years in a row) at night. Its multitude of venues for cracking, hacking, and penetration are either completely impossible or at least more difficult to achieve in an ordinary wired network. The undeniable fact remains that WiFi is still a bit too unreliable when it comes to safeguarding information and systems for mainstream business use. The WiFi crack is still a major detriment to effective wireless networking. Then again, there has been quite a lot of progress in the WiFi security front since the days of the volatile and lip-service protection of WEP (Wired Equivalent Policy); the effort to improve is certainly there.
The creation of WPA and WPA2 (both of which are under the WiFi Protected Access standard) was supposed to bring about significantly improved wireless network protection in the wake of WEP's failure on that very same objective. The protocol developers should've been able to learn from WEP's mistakes and kept user data secure as it was transmitted through the digital beyond via wireless technology. In fact, the new protocol did just that for a little while; however, crackers eventually found a way around WPA as well. Indeed, hackers should not be underestimated when it comes to coming up with rather ingenious attacks to bypass any encryption approach.
To be true, the newest cracking techniques take only sixty seconds or less to decode a short packet. In fact, it's the researchers themselves who've spread word of this development for the sake of WPA's continued evolution.After all, no self-respecting cracker would ever reveal just how easily he could bypass encryption, pilfer data, and remotely control WiFi-enabled hardware. In any event, there is now an existing dictionary-based attack that can break down a common TKIP version of the WiFi encryption scheme in about one minute via advanced methods sporting complex mutations and the ability to create multiple combinations of a given dictionary word in mere seconds.
What's more, these mutations could be fine-tuned in order to produce a more effective and streamlined cracking operation via options such as abbreviation and vowel mutation use, changing the order of characters, number substitutions, and different letter cases. There are about twelve modifiable settings all-in-all that specifically attack the security measures used to strengthen and fortify key or password strength. Yet again, the onus of improving the protection procedures of wireless technology lies on the shoulders of the makers of these protocols. However, this sort of development is hardly unusual for a complex field like IT security.