19 Jan 2012

Wi-Fi in India may be a security issue

According to security analysts in India, Wi-Fi useres may be victims of a virus attack that could lead to the crashing and hacking of secure networks. Users on Wi-Fi networks should be sure to get antivirus software so as to keep their computer as safe as possible no mater what network they are on.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team said the country's Wi-Fi Protected Setup has an error that may allow a weak defense against hacking attacks. This could allow an attacker to get unauthorized access to a computer or network.

“The virus is streaming in the Indian internet networks with a high severity. The combat mechanisms are being deployed,” a computer security analyst with a government agency said. “An unauthenticated, remote attacker within range of the wireless access point could use the PIN (password) to gain unauthorised access to the device to retrieve the password for the wireless network or change the configuration of the device."

The emergency response team said that people should disable the external registrar featuer of the WPS to help protect their device from viruses. Antivirus software can also play a part and helping a user stay safe.