Amazon EC2 Used to Hack Wi-Fi – WPA Now Redundant?

Posted: January 12, 2011 in computer hackers, Hack Wi-Fi, hacking wireless, wi-fi

German researcher Thomas Roth has announced that he has successfully been able to break into a Wi-Fi network encrypted with the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) protocols in under 6 minutes by using Amazon EC2 cloud computing.

Roth uses a brute force approach to try to gain entry to the network. Using Amazon’s cloud based computing, which can be used for just 28 cents per minute, his technique is to try and decrypt WPA by forceable trying up to 400,000 password per second. This means that in 6 minutes Roth’s software tries 144,000,000 password.


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