Hacker demonstrated cloud-based software for hacking WiFi networks at Black Hat conference

    It looks like Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the right hands can be a very powerful tool for breaking into the most secure wireless networks. In principle, this is understandable, but the other day a network security expert by the name of Thomas Roth at the Black Hat conference presented to the general public the software he created, “sharpened” for Amazon Web Services and designed to crack secure WiFi networks. By the way, the WPA-PSK network protected by WiFi of the organization next to Tom’s company was hacked by him in 20 minutes.

    The power leased by Tom on AWS and the Elastic Compute Cloud service helped Tom Roth gain access to several secure wireless networks by selecting a key. According to the developer, the performance of the leased capacities on AWS allowed it to sort out about 400 thousand passwords per second. All this, according to Tom, jeopardizes the security of wireless networks of both individual companies and home users.

    Prior to Tom Roth, several network security experts worked with Amazon EC2 to demonstrate a variety of network security vulnerabilities, but he was the first to show that a WiFi network can be hacked quite easily using such a powerful tool and software.

    The expert demonstrated his achievements at the Black Hat conference, which constantly demonstrated unique hacking technologies that were considered impossible.

    Before the Amazon clouds appeared, the brute force of the keys of secure WiFi networks was considered, if not impossible, then a rather complicated and lengthy process. But now, as we see, even a very well-protected WiFi network can be hacked in just 20 minutes (and the wireless network of Tom Roth’s neighbors was very well protected, since his neighbors are also network security experts).

    Tom provided his software and methods to the conference participants and posted it on the Web, claiming that all this was done not in order to break the law, but in order to warn system administrators. Since the release of its software and technology, the hacker has updated the software, and now believes that a medium-sized WiFi network can be cracked in about 6 minutes.

    Via Yahoo

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