Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a security algorithm for IEEE 802.11 wireless networks. Introduced as part of the original 802.11 standard ratified in 1997, its intention was to provide data confidentiality comparable to that of a traditional wired network. WEP, recognizable by the key of 10 or 26 hexadecimal digits, was at one time widely in use and was often the first security choice presented to users by router configuration tools.
In 2003 the Wi-Fi Alliance announced that WEP had been superseded by Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). In 2004, with the ratification of the full 802.11i standard (i.e. WPA2), the IEEE declared that both WEP-40 and WEP-104 have been deprecated.
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- IEEE ñ 802.11-1997 Information Technology- telecommunications And Information exchange Between Systems-Local And Metropolitan Area Networks-specific Requirements-part 11: Wireless Lan Medium Access Control (MAC) And Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications. 1997.
- Andrea Bittau; Mark Handley; Joshua Lackey. "The Final Nail in WEP's Coffin" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- "Wireless Adoption Leaps Ahead, Advanced Encryption Gains Ground in the Post-WEP Era" (Press release). RSA Security. 2007-06-14.
- "What is a WEP key?". Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11. -- See article at the Wayback Machine
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