Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
Very soon, programmers and hackers put together proof of concept tools such as Aircrack-NG to break the WEP key using network traces. A screen shot of Aircrack-NG is shown in Figure 2.
Currently breaking WEP has become child’s play and even a 104 bit key can be broken in less than 5 minutes flat. Due to all these problems, the IEEE has recommended both manufacturers and users to move away from WEP and adopt WPA/WPA2 which provides a stronger and currently unbreakable encryption.
Alarmingly, even though these recommendations have been made for quite some time, a majority of organizations and users still continue to use WEP and are living under a false sense of security.