Why?

Wireless networks worldwide are vulnerable to being targeted by 'KRACK attacks,' which, if successfully executed, allow an attacker to eavesdrop on communications. NO USER INTERACTION is required to be attacked.

Impact

The WPI wireless network is configured to minimize this risk, and ITS will also test additional software updates in order to provide a more complete fix. ITS-managed WPI computers running a Windows operating system are regularly updated with security patches. When working off-campus the threat becomes more profound, especially when using Open Wireless, Wireless Hotspots, and Third Party Wireless Systems. (View Related Article for details.)

Action Needed

All WPI employees who work off campus are strongly encouraged to use the WPI VPN service. Refrain from conducting WPI work using an open wireless network. Update personal networks and devices. Patching vulnerabilities is critical to preventing hacking attempts. View Related Article for details about VPN usage, types of wireless networks, and updating devices.