Posts Tagged ‘WiFi’

Researcher develops password hacking software for Wi-Fi networks using amazon web services

January 9th, 2011

A researcher has developed software for breaking password protections used for wireless networks.

According to Reuters, security expert Thomas Roth says he can break into protected networks by running 400,000 potential passwords per second using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Roth will present his findings at the Black Hat conference in Washington, DC. later this month.

Roth made news last November when as we reported, he used the new Amazon Cluster GPU instance to crack SHA1 hashes. According to Wikipedia, “SHA-1 is the most widely used of the existing SHA hash functions, and is employed in several widely-used security applications and protocols.”

Roth was able to crack 14 hashes with passwords ranging in length from one to six characters in 49 minutes.

Now he has developed software using AWS that could be used to break into corporations, public institutions or the wireless networks people use in their homes.

According to Reuters:

Roth said that he used his software and Amazon’s cloud-based computers to break into a WPA-PSK protected network in his neighborhood. It took about 20 minutes of processing time. He has since updated his software to speed its performance and believes he could hack into the same network in about 6 minutes. “Once you are in, you can do everything you can do if you are connected to the network,” he said.

Bruce Schneir is a security blogger who has also explored how the cloud is being used to hack passwords. He wrote in July about a mechanism that has been developed to capture network traffic that is then uploaded to the WPA Cracker. The data is then subject to a brute force cracking effort that can reduce exponentially the time it takes to crack a network.

Schneir touches on other effects of the mechanism as well:

It gets even better. If you try the standard 135-million-word dictionary and do not crack the WPA encryption on your target network, there is an extended dictionary that contains an additional 284 million words. In short, serious brute force wireless network encryption cracking has become a retail commodity.

Password security is proving to be a risky proposition. Cloud computing makes it easier for hackers to take advantage of weak security networks. There will be some huge and successful attacks this year. The level of preparedness is just not high enough to expect anything else except for some very high profile break-ins.


Jungo Launches USB Solution to Enable WiFi and 3G Connectivity on Set-Top Boxes

September 9th, 2010

-Jungo Ltd., a leading provider of connectivity software and driver development tools, today announced the launch of its advanced TV set-top box (STB) USB connectivity software solution. The new solution connects a standard STB to any home or wireless network via USB.

By utilizing the STB’s USB port, which is standard on the majority of new devices, the Jungo solution extends the active life of the STB by enabling it to support new, ARPU-generating services. These include Video on Demand (VOD), video streaming, broadcast-Internet convergence and interactive services that require a return path.

Jungo provides an all-in one solution, including the USB software on the STB, WiFi protocols and 3G connectivity. It can be used with a WiFi dongle, to connect the STB to a home network, or with a 3G USB modem.

By upgrading legacy STBs, the Jungo solution enables operators to meet market demand with the introduction of new features and services such as Video on Demand (VOD) or interactive features that require a return path, without the expense of upgrading STBs already in the market.

”Modern STBs require extended connectivity capabilities for LAN and WAN networks,” says Ophir Herbst, GM of Jungo Connectivity Software. “Jungo’s software connects STBs with common WiFi dongles and 3G USB modems, thereby enabling new and innovative TV use cases.”

Jungo will be located on stand 1.A71 at IBC 2010. To arrange an interview or to book a meeting with a Jungo executive please contact Daphna Weiss


Private WiFi has Officially Launched Its Early Adopters Program

September 2nd, 2010

Private WiFi is inviting everyone to be among the first users of its WiFi Encryption software. They have developed a software that can secure your personal information by encrypting the data which flows into and out of your computer, making you invisible to hackers. It installs in just minutes, runs invisibly in the background, and protects you whenever and wherever you are connected to a WiFi hotspot.

Private WiFi uses the same complex technology and proven encryption used by important corporations and government agencies. All data going into and out of your computer becomes encrypted. Their super fast servers in multiple locations around the world decrypt your communications and sends them to the correct destination. In addition, Private WiFi users also benefit from anonymous IP addresses and location masking to add to their privacy.

Private WiFi is a completely new solution and comes with a special offer for early adopters. The company wants to show that they value customers’ opinions and comments as they help developers design better products and services to respond to consumers’ needs. This is why they want to reward feedback related to this new product.

Users are encouraged to tell them what they liked and did not like about Private WiFi and what should be done to improve it. All comments, either positive or negative, receive a certificate for one month usage free of charge, worth $9.95. Or, if they really do not like it and want to give it up, they can give helpful comments to help improve it, and be rewarded with $5 on their PayPal account. (Limited, of course, to one per account). The early adopters program is scheduled to run until September 30th 2010.


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