Is your wireless network really secure?

Think your wireless network is secure? Think again. Researchers in Germany have discovered that wireless networks protected with just a 104-bit WEP key are no longer considered secure.

According to their study, a 104-bit WEP key can be extracted in about three seconds. What is really fascinating is that this is being done on a machine powered by a 1.7GHz Pentium M. Previous methods for cracking WEP keys took considerably longer, and required beefier hardware.

According to the research group there are two measures that need to be taken in order to insure your network will remain secure. First, they recommend some type of intrusion detection software. The other being a cloak of dummy WEP keys.

Researchers: WEP no longer secure for wireless [via electronista]