Most Networks In Iceland Easy To Crack - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Networks In Iceland Easy To Crack

Published October 4, 2013

About 70% of all wireless networks in Iceland are unsafe and easy to crack by hackers with minimum skills.

Wayne Burke, computer hacker, warns people of being too neglectful when using the internet.

“Looking at hot spots or home wireless networks, 70% of them are still using WEP which is known to have very weak backdoors. Very weak tech-tools are used to break that so you can break a WEP key for your wireless network at home within 2 minutes,” Burke told RÚV.

He is visiting Iceland to look into Icelanders’ internet usage and safety and is a speaker at this year’s Hacker Halted Europe, conference on information security, in Harpa next week.

And Burke does think that some kind of internet policing is inevitable.

“All the kids in the house want to use the internet, so there should be some kind of a card they need to use to identify themselves. People might think that’s an invasion of privacy but I’ve got kids, it’s like making sure my child has driver’s license to provide if it gets pulled over. So there needs to be more of what we can call ‘internet cyber police’ out there, investigating and inspecting things.”

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