This article was originally posted on my blog at http://www.bloglines.com/blog/wsodeman?id=217
FBI agents in Los Angeles recently demonstrated how they can hack into a wireless network in under 10 minutes.
This demonstration used publicly available tools to set up a fake wireless access point (WAP) and then harvest enough information from a Windows XP computer to crack or decode a WEP key.
About 30% of wireless access points use Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) for encryption. Another 10% use a newer standard called Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), which requires more time and trouble to hack.
If you’re in the 60% of wireless network users who haven’t encrypted their access point at home, this article has some good tips for you.