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Northwestern IT Responds to Recent Wi-Fi Vulnerability

Posted Date: 16 Oct 2017

Modified Date: 17 Oct 2017

Effective Date: 16 Oct 2017

Northwestern Information Technology is actively monitoring and responding to reports of a critical Wi-Fi vulnerability, called KRACK, reported October 16, 2017.

This issue impacts wireless encryption standards, which means that an attacker could read information sent over Wi-Fi, including passwords, credit card numbers, etc. While the primary method of compromise is not applicable to the University’s infrastructure, Northwestern IT will continue an assessment of potential vulnerabilities and take action as necessary.

Computers, smartphones, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices will require updates to address the issue. Microsoft’s latest Windows security update, released last week, included a fix for this issue, and other vendor fixes are expected to follow in the near future.

KRACK is a newly discovered vulnerability and information is evolving. Northwestern IT will provide more information as it becomes available. 

End User Impact

Please be reminded to protect your devices, both work and personal, and apply updates as soon as they are available.

Learn more about protecting your devices: Desktop Encryption.  

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