Researchers Can Predict Your iOS Generated Hotspot Password in Fewer than 60 Seconds

Researchers Can Predict Your iOS Generated Hotspot Password in Fewer than 60 Seconds

Have you ever used your iPhone or iPad as a wireless router, aka a hotspot, for other devices? If you have, then you've come across the normal routine of letting iOS come up with a password to keep your connection secure. Security is a must, especially if you're transferring files and essentially making the device with all your precious secrets an open connection without it. 

But researchers in Germany figured out a way break down the structure of these passwords. Turns out, they're just a combo of short English words and some random numbers. But isn't that what most of our passwords are, anyway? That's the scary thing: because of the simplicity, the researchers were able to figure out a password within 50 seconds once they caught on to a Wi-Fi connection. Using four AMD Radeon HD 7970s, the computers went through a list of 52,000 word entries and number codes—but the connections were just using 1,842 of those password combinations. 

"System-generated passwords should be reasonably long, and should use a reasonably large character set," says the Friedrich-Alexander University report. "Consequently, hotspot passwords should be composed of completely random sequences of letters, numbers, and special characters."

Also, "password" is not an acceptable password. 

[via Engadget]

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