Researchers have found a method of cracking a key encryption feature used in securing wireless systems that doesn't require trying a large number of possibilities. Details will be discussed at the sixth annual PacSec conference in Tokyo next week.
According to PCWorld, researchers Erik Tews and Martin Beck have found a way to crack the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) key, used by Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Moreover, they can do so in about 15 minutes. The crack apparently only works for data aimed at a Wi-Fi adapter; they have not cracked the encryption keys used to secure data … Read more
Correction: This post incorrectly stated the number of hot spots Wayport would contribute to the AT&T network, as well as the overall pricing for use of those hot spots. Including Wayport, AT&T will now operate approximately 20,000 hot spots in the United States, free only to customers of certain plans.
AT&T announced plans on Thursday to acquire Wi-Fi network provider Wayport in a $275 million cash deal.
The acquisition will expand AT&T's network of U.S. hot spots, adding locations at hotel chains such as Wyndham, Marriott Vacation Club, and … Read more
UPDATED: Corrected the spelling of "GW-USMicroN".
Most laptops these days come with built-in Wi-Fi or even Wireless-N capability. However, if you have an old laptop or a game console that you want to hook to the Internet wirelessly, I've got some good news...and it's tiny.
I just got my hands on the GW-USMicroN, Planex's latest USB Wireless-N adapter that the company announced at the end of last month. I've seen a lot of USB wireless adapters and I am generally not impressed with them.
The GW-USMicroN, however, is very different: it's tiny--just … Read more
Last week, AT&T introduced free WiFi access for iPhone users at sanctioned hotspots nationwide, including many Starbucks locations.
Now, in addition complaints over the lengthy sign-in process, users report that disabing SMS capability on the iPhone also disallows access to the authorization SMS that is required to access free WiFi; this despite the fact that users with SMS turned off can still receive official text messages from Apple and AT&T.
One iPhone Atlas reader writes:
"Looks like those of us with text messaging disabled cannot receive the code to get on attwifi. I gave it … Read more
AirRadar is a free utility that can help you scan for, track information on, and join wireless networks. Like similar apps, AirRadar provides much more information than you'd otherwise get through the Mac OS Airport status menu.
Whether you're testing your signal strength at home or trying to find free Wi-Fi on the road, AirRadar will list all open and closed networks in range, along with information such as signal strength (current, average, and max), type of encryption, MAC address, and channel. AirRadar can keep scanning at any interval you set, automatically join the best open network (or … Read more
Rafe Needleman of our sister site WebWare reports on his experience with AT&T's newly offered free WiFi for iPhone users:
"[...] the images I had of just sauntering in to a Starbucks, selecting the local Wi-Fi network and jumping on the Internet were busted when I read these ridiculous instructions for getting access:Activate Wi-Fi from the settings icon on your iPhone. Select "attwifi" from the list of available networks. Enter your 10-digit mobile number and check the box to agree to the Acceptable Use Policy. Tap 'continue.' You will receive a text message from … Read more
I finally got the SMS alert on my iPhone telling me that I now have access to the Wi-Fi hot spots at Starbucks, for free. Cool. But the images I had of just sauntering in to a Starbucks, selecting the local Wi-Fi network and jumping on the Internet were busted when I read these ridiculous instructions for getting access:Activate Wi-Fi from the settings icon on your iPhone. Select "attwifi" from the list of available networks. Enter your 10-digit mobile number and check the box to agree to the Acceptable Use Policy. Tap 'continue.' You will receive a … Read more
Earlier today, AT&T issued the following text message to its iPhone-using subscribers:
"AT&T Free Msg: Your Apple iPhone new has free AT&T Wi-Fi access at thousands of hotspots nationwide, including Starbucks. For info visit www.att.com/attwifi
This announcement ends the drama surrounding the months of speculation regarding the premature free Wi-Fi announcements that kept popping up on AT&T's various websites and teasing iPhone users everywhere. It also removes any doubts about the participation of Starbucks. This also ends recent speculation that this announcement was delayed due to lack … Read more
Free Wi-Fi for Apple's iPhone users is finally available from AT&T.
After two false starts, this time the notice posted on AT&T's Web site is accurate. The company is indeed allowing all iPhone users to access its 17,000 Wi-Fi hot spots around the country for free.
Earlier this year, the company inadvertently published information on its Web site telling customers that they could access AT&T's hot spots for free. But this time it's true. I double-checked with AT&T's public relations team myself.
The free Wi-Fi will … Read more