Russians Crack WPA2 Wireless Encryption….Should You Worry?

A Russian company called ElcomSoft has posted a press release that announces the fact that they’ve cracked the WPA2 Wireless encryption protocol using a product called ElcomSoft Distributed Password recovery combined with using Nvidia graphic accelerators:

Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery supports both WPA and the newer WPA2 encryption used in the majority of Wi-Fi networks, allowing breaking Wi-Fi protection quickly and efficiently with most laptop and desktop computers. The support of NVIDIA graphic accelerators increases the recovery speed by an average of 10 to 15 times when Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery is used on a moderate laptop with NVIDIA GeForce 8800M or 9800M series GPU, or up to 100 times when running on a desktop with two or more NVIDIA GTX 280 boards installed. Governments, forensic and corporate users will benefit from vastly increased speed of breaking Wi-Fi protection provided by Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery.

So the question is, if you have a WiFi network, should you be worried? Maybe. If you are worried about this, I have two pieces of advice for you. One piece of advice would be to use a Virtual Private Network on top of using WiFi as that would basically encrypt your data twice. Sound a bit extreme? It’s not really that extreme actually. Google for one has experimented with using a Virtual Private Network on top of WiFi. A simpler thing to do is to change your WiFi password every month or two. Avoid easy to guess passwords by picking something that is 7 to 12 characters in length, containing at least a numeral and a special character (for example: p4$$w0rd instead of password).

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