NEW YORK (AP) – Security researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or spread malicious software while someone is logged into a computer or mobile device.
A report published Monday said the breach could only happen if an attacker is within range of the potential victim, but the weakness could affect anyone using a Wi-Fi network, whether at home, the office or at a public coffee shop.READ MORE: Dallas Police Searching For Animal Cruelty Suspect Who Shot Pitbull-Type Dog
The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group, says there’s no evidence that the vulnerability discovered by researcher Mathy Vanhoef has been exploited maliciously. It affects WPA2, a protocol used to secure Wi-Fi networks.READ MORE: BNSF Railroad Unions Can't Strike Over New Attendance Policy, Federal Judge Rules
The group says the problem can be resolved through straightforward software updates. Microsoft says it’s already deployed patches. Google says it’ll do so in the coming weeks.MORE NEWS: Suspect In Custody For Capital Murder Of 2 Teenaged Brothers In North Richland Hills
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