Black Monday Severe Vulnerability in All Wi-Fi Devices

Black Monday

We’re sure you have all heard about Cyber Monday. It’s that one day a year, the Monday after the Thanksgiving Weekend of wild shopping deals, where retailers have their best online sales of the year. Well today is BLACK MONDAY and it’s a BIG sale day of a different type.

Why? Because today researchers found a security vulnerability that impacts ALL Wi-Fi Devices. And when they say all, they mean all! And guess what might be going on sale? Yep, everything you do online might soon be going on sale. If you thought the Equifax hack was big, this just might be bigger.

How Big Of A Deal Is This?

Well if you consider that just about every device the average individual now uses to connect to the Internet (e.g. Router, Computer, Cellphone, Tablet, Home Thermostats, etc. etc. etc.) is vulnerable to this hack, then you get the picture. It’s a BIG deal.

The Wi-Fi vulnerability that was discovered today is being called “KRACK”, which is short for Key Reinstallation Attacks. Technically speaking the vulnerability allows attackers to decrypt WPA2 connections, which is more or less the de facto way of securing wireless connections today. Again it’s a BIG deal.

How big? Considering everything from a simple Google search to Online Banking transactions are protected by secure HTTPS connections, which can now be backed using this “KRACK” attack, yeah it’s a BIG deal.

Pubic Service Announcement

For more details about this attack and a video that shows how it can be exploited you can check out a Wordfence PSA released by earlier today. If you’re not familiar with Wordfence, they are a WordPress Plug-in vendor that, if you use WordPress, you should get to know really quickly. We’ve been using them for a long time now and theirs is the first plugin we install on any WordPress site that we install.

What Do I Do Now?

Right now you’re probably think about disconnecting all your devices and not going online ever again. Of course we all know that’s not a viable solution. However, you probably will want to be a little more careful over the next few days or weeks. As mentioned in the Wordfence PSA vendors are urgently accessing their systems and working on software patches to correct the vulnerability. NOTE: we did say SOFTWARE PATCHES!

As far as we all know right now this problem should be fixed with software downloads, which means over the next few days or weeks you are going to want to keep a close eye out for any software updates that your devices (e.g. Router, Computer, Cellphone, Tablet, Home Thermostats, etc. etc. etc.) push out to you. At this time it does not appear that you will be having to replace (a.k.a. BUY) anything new.

So the next time you see an UPDATE message appear on a device, please make sure you check it ASAP. If the update is related to this “KRACK” vulnerability, then you’ll want to apply the software patch immediately.

Can It Get Any Worse?

Apparently it can. Another vulnerability was also announced today. This one is going by the name of “ROCA” and involves an attack on public key encryption, which may weaken the way software is authenticate when it is installed.

Many systems rely on public/private key encryption and signing, and the ROCA vulnerability affects that process. Fixing this issue will also require you to update devices with vendor-released software updates, so keep an eye out for security updates for any devices and workstations that fix the ROCA related issues as well.

The combination of KRACK and ROCA is why today is being called “Black Monday.” Both of these vulnerabilities are very severe and aren’t we all lucky that the emerged on the same day.

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Black Monday Severe Vulnerability in All Wi-Fi Devices

Black Monday

We’re sure you have all heard about Cyber Monday. It’s that one day a year, the Monday after the Thanksgiving Weekend of wild shopping deals, where retailers have their best online sales of the year. Well today is BLACK MONDAY and it’s a BIG sale day of a different type.

Why? Because today researchers found a security vulnerability that impacts ALL Wi-Fi Devices. And when they say all, they mean all! And guess what might be going on sale? Yep, everything you do online might soon be going on sale. If you thought the Equifax hack was big, this just might be bigger.

How Big Of A Deal Is This?

Well if you consider that just about every device the average individual now uses to connect to the Internet (e.g. Router, Computer, Cellphone, Tablet, Home Thermostats, etc. etc. etc.) is vulnerable to this hack, then you get the picture. It’s a BIG deal.

The Wi-Fi vulnerability that was discovered today is being called “KRACK”, which is short for Key Reinstallation Attacks. Technically speaking the vulnerability allows attackers to decrypt WPA2 connections, which is more or less the de facto way of securing wireless connections today. Again it’s a BIG deal.

How big? Considering everything from a simple Google search to Online Banking transactions are protected by secure HTTPS connections, which can now be backed using this “KRACK” attack, yeah it’s a BIG deal.

Pubic Service Announcement

For more details about this attack and a video that shows how it can be exploited you can check out a Wordfence PSA released by earlier today. If you’re not familiar with Wordfence, they are a WordPress Plug-in vendor that, if you use WordPress, you should get to know really quickly. We’ve been using them for a long time now and theirs is the first plugin we install on any WordPress site that we install.

What Do I Do Now?

Right now you’re probably think about disconnecting all your devices and not going online ever again. Of course we all know that’s not a viable solution. However, you probably will want to be a little more careful over the next few days or weeks. As mentioned in the Wordfence PSA vendors are urgently accessing their systems and working on software patches to correct the vulnerability. NOTE: we did say SOFTWARE PATCHES!

As far as we all know right now this problem should be fixed with software downloads, which means over the next few days or weeks you are going to want to keep a close eye out for any software updates that your devices (e.g. Router, Computer, Cellphone, Tablet, Home Thermostats, etc. etc. etc.) push out to you. At this time it does not appear that you will be having to replace (a.k.a. BUY) anything new.

So the next time you see an UPDATE message appear on a device, please make sure you check it ASAP. If the update is related to this “KRACK” vulnerability, then you’ll want to apply the software patch immediately.

Can It Get Any Worse?

Apparently it can. Another vulnerability was also announced today. This one is going by the name of “ROCA” and involves an attack on public key encryption, which may weaken the way software is authenticate when it is installed.

Many systems rely on public/private key encryption and signing, and the ROCA vulnerability affects that process. Fixing this issue will also require you to update devices with vendor-released software updates, so keep an eye out for security updates for any devices and workstations that fix the ROCA related issues as well.

The combination of KRACK and ROCA is why today is being called “Black Monday.” Both of these vulnerabilities are very severe and aren’t we all lucky that the emerged on the same day.



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