Data Security

What is the Wi-Fi hack and how does it affect Business IT Solutions?

On October 16, 2017, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team sent out an alert regarding vulnerabilities of Wi-Fi Protected Access II. This is also known as WPA2. This news will impact all businesses on perhaps every scale. However, with the right education and precautions, your Business IT Solutions will remain intact. Our IT Support Miami experts will help you stay steps ahead of your competition. Below, you can find out everything you need to know about the attack.

What is WPA2?

WPA2 is a type of technology that provides network security to Wi-Fi networks. The software, WPA2, is a shorter name for Wi-Fi Protected Access II. All hardware has had this technology since 2006 and has become the standard for fighting data encryption. In it’s creation, WPA2 became a replacement of the original WPA technology. During it’s time, the technology had the most up-to-date encryption standards. Since then, the technology has received regular updates.

On October 16, the US-CERT issued and alert that says if you have a router with WPA2 security, your devices are hackable. This means your device is in trouble if you have Wi-Fi Protected access. In addition, hackers can see your personal information and do anything they want to it.  Marty Vanhoef, a Belgian security researcher exposed the vulnerability. He will be discussing KRack attacks more in depth later this year.

What is the attack?

The vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol makes your computer prone to Key Reinstallation Attacks, or KRack for short. A KRack attack disables a Wi-Fi router’s security and makes your information prone to whoever is roaming through the same network areas as you are.

You can watch a video of the process below:

If you notice in the video, a potential hacker would only need a few tools to find important login information. Furthermore, if a business owner thinks their company information is not secure, this could be potentially dangerous for vital company information. So far, there have been no major cyberattacks regarding KRack. However, you should know that if an attacker were to gain access to your router, they could manipulate the data by adding a type of ransomware or malware to the computer. In a year full of cyberattacks, it is entirely possible that a hacker would benefit from this type of attack.

Is My Business Protected?

With this information finally in the open, the most common concern is having a safe business. If your company has any vital information, you must check if it’s on any affected software. If so, you company might be prone to cyber attacks. Therefore, it is important to know the affected software so you, as a business owner, can start figuring out how to secure your business quickly.

As of October 18, the US-CERT confirmed the following affected vendors:

  • Cisco
  • Google
  • Intel Corporation
  • Samsung Mobile
  • Toshiba Memory Corporation

As of October 18, the US-CERT confirmed the following unaffected vendors:

  • Arista Networks, Inc.
  • Check Point Software Technologies
  • Internet Systems Consortium
  • Internet Systems Consortium – DHCP
  • MikroTik
  • VMware

For the full list of affected vendors, you can click here.

Even if you work with unaffected vendors, you should still update your devices. This way, you can ensure that your company may be as secure as possible. As a result, any important business information that you have will remain secure. If anyone in your company keeps information on affected software, you need make sure your data is safe. By doing this, your company will be safe and you won’t have to shut down. 

How Can I Keep My Business IT Solutions Safe?

In the past, our data backup and recovery team has always advocated for the importance of securing your passwords, installing the proper firewalls or anti-viruses and, of course, conducting regular data backups. Updating your devices to the latest software is the best way to prevent KRack attacks. However, if you are a South Florida Business who wants more security for your business, you can trust Nerds Support’s Business IT Solutions to help business owners in Miami, Doral and Ft. Lauderdale to fight against hackers to keep their information safe. Our IT Support Miami service providers work round the clock to you can take comfort in knowing that your business information will be safe from cyberattacks and other disasters. All your information will be safe from malware with Nerds Support’s secure servers. MSPmentor, The Channel Company and, most recently, The South Florida Business Journal have recognized our Business IT Solutions.  Most of all, Nerds Support has helped many small to medium-sized businesses through difficult times and during a time where cyberattacks have been consistent, our Data Recovery Miami team is ready to keep your business safe too. To schedule a consultation, please call 305-551-2009 or fill out a contact form here.