'Krack' Security Flaw Puts Every Wi-Fi Connection at Risk - NBC4 Washington

'Krack' Security Flaw Puts Every Wi-Fi Connection at Risk

But the gaping hole in the Wi-Fi protocol is fixable

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    Users can protect themselves by getting the latest patch updates for their smartphone and laptop, NBC News reported.

    A newly discovered Wi-Fi security flaw reveals that your home network is hackable, giving outsiders access to everything from private chats to baby monitors, NBC News reports.

    The attack, called Krack, takes advantage of the longstanding connection between devices and routers that is supposed to deliver a fresh, encrypted session every time you connect.

    "When I woke up this morning and saw this one, I was taken aback," said Bob Rudis, chief data scientist at threat intelligence company Rapid7.

    The gaping hole in the Wi-Fi protocol is fixable, and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has been reaching out to the many vendors who are affected. Rudis recommends checking with your internet service provider for the latest information on updates.

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