WEPWedgie

Tuesday, 6 June 2006, 2:42 AM EST

The original 802.11 protection standard was known as WEP. This scheme has two parts: one for privacy of data through encryption, and another for the authentication of users. In the case of the privacy part of WEP, it was quickly learned that the algorithm used to encrypt the data (RC4) was not properly implemented, which created a statistical situation where the shared key was exposed over time.

At InformIT.

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