Major vulnerability found in Wi-Fi encryption, Android worst affected

A major vulnerability has been discovered in Wi-Fi encryption that can allow attackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and wireless access points. Attackers can even modify the key to inject malware into websites. Researchers have disclosed that Android and Linux-based devices are the worst affected. Researchers claim the attack works against all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption, and that the weakness is in the Wi-Fi standard itself so it affects macOS, Windows, Android, and Linux devices.

The attack requires that a device be in range to a malicious device. By intercepting traffic, attackers can read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted, and hackers don’t need to even crack a Wi-Fi password to achieve this.

This hack can be used to steal credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, photos, emails, and much more.

41 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to this new Wi-Fi attack. Android devices will require security patches to protect against this. Currently, the exploit doesn’t target access points. The attack exploits vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the WPA2 protocol, a security handshake that ensures client and access points have the same password when joining a Wi-Fi network.

As this is a client-based attack, expect to see a number of patches for devices in the coming weeks.

Should I change my Wi-Fi password?

Changing the password of your Wi-Fi network does not prevent (or mitigate) the attack. So you do not have to update the password of your Wi-Fi network. Instead, you should make sure all your devices are updated, and you should also update the firmware of your router. After updating your router, you can optionally change the Wi-Fi password as an extra precaution.

I’m using WPA2 with only AES. That’s also vulnerable?

Yes, that network configuration is also vulnerable. The attack works against both WPA1 and WPA2, against personal and enterprise networks, and against any cipher suite being used (WPA-TKIP, AES-CCMP, and GCMP).

Is my device vulnerable?

Any device that uses Wi-Fi is likely vulnerable. Contact your vendor for more information.


Chrome 51 Web Browser is now Available

Google released Chrome 51 web browser for Windows and Mac. Apart from bug fixes, the new update includes a new Credential Management API that will improve the website login experience. The new API allows developers to use Chrome’s credential managers more widely. Custom login flows, remembering federated identity preferences, and general interaction to improve the login experience for users is now possible. Users can sign in with one tap and automatically sign back in when returning to the site.
Chrome 51 Google Chrome 51 will not run the rendering for frames that are off screen. This will reduce the workload on the browser and also reduce power consumption by up to 30%. On Android, the browser gets new Material bookmark widget . This update includes 42 security fixes and contains many additional APIs and other changes for developers. Android, Chrome OS, and iOS will receive the new update soon.


Popcorn Time Play Video torrents without Download

Popcorn Time app can stream the movies and the TV shows without downloading torrents. It’s identical to Netflix but streams through torrent files.

You can select video resolution size and subtitles.

The app has clean and a simple interface. You just need to select and play your favorite movie or TV series. You can change video resolution or subtitles of your choice.

Simple video playback with video stream details.

Popcorn app can stream video listed by several torrent websites. It’s also possible to manually add torrents or search your favorite site for torrents with-in app.

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If you are in lots of video torrent downloads, then this app is the safe bet for you. As you can save some hard disk space by watching movies online. The app is available on most of the platforms including Windows, android and Mac.  The app plugin is also available for browsers.

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WhatsApp Desktop App for Windows and Mac released

Whatsapp desktop app for Windows and Mac released. Whatsapp messaging service available on the web since 2015. Like web app, you’ll need to scan a QR code using the WhatsApp mobile app. Benefits of using the web app include access to all your favorite keyboard shortcuts and desktop notifications.

According to a Whatsapp blog post:

“Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device”

WhatsApp available to download on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. For Mac, you need OS X 10.9 or newer. WhatsApp also available on Windows Mobile, Android and iOS.

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