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Further holes have been found in the Wi-Fi security system, suggesting that the technology is not as safe as previously thought.

Criminals have been able to defeat firewalls and monitor where a person goes and what they are doing online, it has been reported, in the latest in a series of attacks on Wi-Fi technology.

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) technology has been used to protect Wi-Fi networks but it now seems that the technology may have been comprehensively defeated by hackers, suggesting that a new approach is needed to protect those using Wi-Fi networks.

"WEP as a security measure is so broken that your (and everyone else's) kid sister can easily circumvent it," claimed computer security researcher Ralf-Philipp Weinmann.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Weinmann added that WEP should no longer be used as a security device because it can so easily be beaten by hackers.

However, many people have little choice but to use WEP, meaning there are significant dangers for people using Wi-Fi technology at present.

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