iOS Wi-Fi Exploit Could Have Let Hackers Remotely Access Nearby iPhones

Earlier this year, Apple patched an iOS vulnerability that potentially could have allowed hackers to remotely access nearby iPhones and gain control of their entire device.

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Devised by Ian Beer, a researcher at Project Zero, Google’s vulnerability research team, the exploit used a vulnerability in Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL), Apple’s proprietary mesh networking protocol that enables things like AirDrop and Sidecar to work.

Beer revealed the stunning exploit on Tuesday in a 30,000-word blog post, which shows in detail how a memory corruption bug in AWDL could give attackers remote access to a user’s personal data, including emails, photos, messages, and passwords and crypto keys stored in the keychain.

The vulnerability was discovered by Beer in a 2018 iOS beta that Apple accidentally shipped without stripping function name symbols from the kernelcache, offering a wealth of missing context about how bits of code fit together.

After lengthy investigative work,

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Imagination sells Ensigma Wi-Fi technology to Nordic Semiconductor

Imagination sells Ensigma Wi-Fi technology to Nordic Semiconductor

Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES, Taipei

Imagination Technologies has announced the sale of its Ensigma Wi-Fi development operations and Wi-Fi IP tech assets to Nordic Semiconductor, which specializes in low-power wireless communications technology.

The move will enable Imagination to focus on the world-leading graphics, vision, and AI processing technologies that represent the majority of its business. Imagination’s strategy is to align its IP to the high-growth and high-value segments that are driving semiconductor demand now and in the future, the company noted.

As well as the transfer of Imagination’s Wi-Fi IP technology, a number of Imagination employees located in the UK, Sweden, India and Taiwan will join Nordic Semiconductor. This represents the majority of the company’s Ensigma division, although some employees focused on broadcast IP will remain with Imagination.

“This is a dream come true for Nordic Semiconductor and its

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iPhone ‘Weak Security’ Wi-Fi Warning: Here’s What It Means

Have you received a “weak Wi-Fi security” warning on your iPhone since upgrading to iOS 14? You are not alone, here’s what it means and how to fix it.

Since upgrading to iOS 14, many users are reporting seeing a warning on their iPhone that says their Wi-Fi has “weak security.” 

The message, which appears under the Wi-Fi network name on your iPhone, states that WPA/WPA2 TKIP is “not considered secure” and you need to reconfigure your router. Confusing, huh. So what should you do?

Firstly, there is no need to panic. Yes, Apple is telling you that the Wi-Fi network you’re using to connect your iPhone isn’t secure. But specifically it means that your

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When a hurricane blows out your internet, a drone can drop an instant Wi-Fi network

The deadliest hurricane in Puerto Rican history began as a cluster of thunderstorms off the western bulge of Africa on Sept. 13, 2017. Fueled by evaporation from warm tropical water just north of the equator, the storms began to form into circular bands and rotate around the area of low pressure moving west across the Atlantic Ocean. Three days later as the winds in those bands reached 75 mph, Hurricane Maria was officially born. 

After pummeling the Lesser Antilles, Maria approached Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a powerful Category 4 storm. Traversing the island, the storm created devastation with violent winds (speed records were unreliable after land-based wind sensors were destroyed) and torrential flooding (almost 40 inches of rain fell on the mountain town of Caguas). Maria caused $90 billion in damage and, according to a George Washington University study commissioned by the commonwealth’s governor, left 2,975 people dead. 

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FCC opens airwaves for WiFi

But the safety band, as the airwaves are known, has yet to live up to that promise. And FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the need for people to have reliable Internet access at home.

“This FCC unlike its predecessor is not going to kick the can down the road any longer,” he said.

The five-member commission’s two Democrats used a maneuver that allowed them to withhold full support for the measure without voting against it, referring to a last-minute letter by a leading Senate Democrat asking the commission to delay until the new Congress and presidential administration are installed.

Pai dismissed such calls for more time as “performative.”

The commission’s approach had the support of wireless Internet providers and others in the technology industry, but also faced determined opposition from a coalition of automakers, highway safety advocates, members of Congress who oversee transportation and Transportation

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Wi-Fi to Get 5G Airwaves Boost as Carmakers Lose Choice Spectrum

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is poised to vote Wednesday to let wireless devices use airwaves assigned 21 years ago for a vehicle safety system that hasn’t come to fruition, rejecting carmakers’ efforts to hold onto the frequencies.

a bridge over a body of water: Vehicles drive in light traffic on the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange between the 105 and 110 freeways in this aerial photograph taken above Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Friday, May 1, 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom is directing departments to cut spending immediately amid projected deficits of $35 billion, while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a budget that calls for civilian workers to take 26 furlough days during the fiscal year that begins in July.

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Vehicles drive in light traffic on the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange between the 105 and 110 freeways in this aerial photograph taken above Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Friday, May 1, 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom is directing departments to cut spending immediately amid projected deficits of $35 billion, while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a budget that calls for civilian workers to take 26 furlough days during the fiscal year that begins in July.

The change, set for a vote at the FCC in Washington, follows years of rearguard lobbying by carmakers such as Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. to retain their exclusive hold

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Ushering in a new era of connectivity at the Edge with Wi-Fi 6 and 5G

The year of early adopters? Not so fast

Based on the hype, most people believed that 2019 was the year of early adopters for 5G and Wi-Fi 6 technologies as well as associated, compatible, certified connectable devices. While it’s interesting that rollouts follow the same time schedule, the reality is that 2019 was actually more an early innovator or pre-early adopter phase. In fact, last year did usher in the introduction of just some Wi-Fi 6 certified products, as well as a smattering of very expensive 5G devices – mainly phones.

Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax (its previous naming convention), is the latest standard for wireless network transmissions, that is a backward-compatible upgrade over previous versions of Wi-Fi, meaning devices certified for earlier versions of Wi-Fi will work on Wi-Fi 6. “Upgrade” refers to the higher speed and the increased number of connected devices possible. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to offer

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In Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones,’ Rural Students Can’t Log On to Virtual School

Shekinah and Orlandria Lennon were sitting at their kitchen table this fall, taking online classes, when video of their teachers and fellow students suddenly froze on their laptop screens. The wireless antenna on the roof had stopped working, and it could not be fixed.

Desperate for a solution, their mother called five broadband companies, trying to get connections for their home in Orrum, N.C., a rural community of fewer than 100 people with no grocery store or traffic lights.

All the companies gave the same answer: Service is not available in your area.

The response is the same across broad stretches of Robeson County, N.C., a swath of small towns and rural places like Orrum dotted among soybean fields and hog farms on the South Carolina border. About 20,000 of the county’s homes, or 43 percent of all households, have no internet connection.

The technology gap has prompted teachers to

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Antenna Company Launches First Wi-Fi 6E MIMO Antenna System

Netherlands-based Antenna Company, which specializes in the design of high-performance embedded antennas, on Nov. 12 introduced a new Wi-Fi 6E MIMO antenna system designed to increase network capacity, extend range and reduce latency in enterprise and industrial IoT networks. 

The antenna system enables simultaneous operation in the 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz frequency bands, resulting in an additional 1.2 GHz of spectrum and greater than 2x increase in available channels. 

Optimized for direct integration into wireless access points, Antenna Company’s design supports a total of 15 antennas, including dedicated 4×4 5GHz + 4×4 6GHz + 4×4 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi antennas. Cross-pair Wi-Fi antenna isolation of greater than 45 dB is achieved for concurrent operation in the 5GHz band.   

An additional 0.9/2.4GHz IoT antenna is included to enable IoT use cases, along with tri-band 2.4/5/6GHz antennas for radio spectrum management. The entire antenna system is mounted on a metal backplate to enable

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