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Media Advisory: Is Your Personal Data Safe from a ‘Krack Attack’?

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Johns Hopkins Experts Can Discuss the Threat Posed by Wi-Fi Security Flaw

October 17, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
Office: 443-997-9907; Cell: 410-299-7462
prs@jhu.edu On Twitter: @JHUmediareps

A new digital threat surfaced early this week when a computer security researcher in Belgium announced that he had discovered a Wi-Fi software flaw that could expose private digital data, including credit card numbers, to tech-savvy hackers.

The tactic, called a Key Reinstallation Attack, or KRACK, could allow skilled snoopers to view Internet data being shared over the over wireless networks, cybersecurity experts said.

Two widely respected Johns Hopkins University scholars are available to talk to members of the news media about how serious the Wi-Fi flaw is, which equipment is most at risk and how users can protect themselves. The researchers are Avi Rubin, a professor of computer science who also is technical director of the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, and Matthew Green, an assistant professor of computer science whose expertise is in the field of applied cryptography.

To arrange an interview with either expert, contact Phil Sneiderman at (410) 299-7462 or prs@jhu.edu.

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