Russians start selling Wi-Fi encryption breaker

The Russian security company that caused a stir some months by talking up its cracking tool for recovering Wi-Fi encryption keys, has started selling its software to all-comers as packaged product, according to Techworld .

Normally, running a tool to do this on a conventional Intel Core 2 Duo desktop PC would take months to brute force even a single 8-character WPA/WPA2-PSK password, of which there are trillions of possible alpha-numeric combinations at that bit length, the report states.

Elcomsoft claims that Wireless Security Auditor 1.0 can perform the same function by capturing traffic from a Wi-Fi connection using a separate packet sniffer, processing the data through up to four high-end graphics cards in order to retrieve the password in a fraction of that time.

The big fear is, of course, that this is a great tool for hackers rather than legitimate tester. Time will tell.

 

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