Thursday, October 18, 2007

How About A Cracked Network With That Coffee?

This is a disturbing attack demonstrated this week at Toorcon in San Diego. Called the Cafe Latte attack by its inventor, Vivek Ramachandran, a security research at AirTight Networks, it steals WEP keys not by compromising routers but by fooling clients.

Here's how it works. In the old days, before this week, the hacker would park outside a hotspot location with their Pringles can and steal and crack a WEP key from the router in a matter of seconds. In Cafe Latte, the target is the laptops of users thinking their connecting to the router.

Here's a few more details.


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