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Serious Flaws Leave WPA3 Vulnerable to Hacks that Steal Wi-Fi Passwords

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Artist's impression of wireless hackers in your computer.

Researchers have identified several serious design flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) protocol.

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An international team of researchers has found several serious design flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) protocol, raising new questions about the future of wireless security, especially for Internet of Things devices.

The researchers disclosed several vulnerabilities in WPA3 that leave users open to many of the same attacks that threatened WPA2 users.

In addition, the researchers warned that some of the flaws are likely to persist for years, especially in lower-cost devices.

The team also found that its exploits work against networks using the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), where serious bugs allow an adversary to impersonate any user, and thereby access the Wi-Fi network, without knowing the user's password.

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