On the other hand, sir, the Wi-Fi hackers still love us | Good Morning Silicon ValleyBe nice to the neighborhood geek. Make him mad and he'll crack your home network.
Nvidia still has at least one loyal fan base, though not one it would want to embrace — hackers (see “The Law of Unintended Consequences: a graphic example“). Seems the massively parallel processing capabilities of the graphics chips also lend themselves well to brute-force cracking, and the euphemistically named “password recovery software” sold by Russian firm Elcomsoft puts that power in the hands of the ill-intentioned masses. The latest warning of the ramifications comes from Global Secure Systems, which says the hardware-software combination renders Wi-Fi’s WPA and WPA2 encryption systems pretty much useless. Using the graphics processors, hackers can break the commonly used wireless encryption schemes 100 times faster than with conventional microprocessors, GSS officials said...
Otherwise, I don't think anyone will go this trouble to hack my home WLAN. Yet. In a few years though it will be child's play. Banks are a different story.
Time for the post-WPA2 generation.