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  • Apple Makes iPhone Model Using China's WiFi Standard

    One of the main sticking points - other than its exorbitant price - blocking wider acceptance of the officially-sanctioned iPhone in China has apparently been removed: the national regulatory agency has approved a new phone compatible with China's own WAPI wireless standard. The government of China had blocked the sale of WiFi-enabled iPhones by China Unicom, though grey-market iPhones with WiFi have been available in China for some time.

    The Chinese government initially developed WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) purportedly as a way to overcome the flaws in Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which was easily cracked by US law enforcement officials in about 3 minutes back in 2005. The Chinese standard was rejected by the International Standards Organization as the [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS4[/ame] block cipher it was based upon was a Chinese military secret, so it could not be independently validated. Attempts to require that all foreign WLAN gear sold in China must implement WAPI almost touched off a trade war in 2004. The government did require in 2009, however, that all mobile devices sold in China must use WAPI. As a result, the iPhones officially sold by China Unicom since last year have not had WiFi capability.

    PCWorld noted today that the State Radio Monitoring Center website shows a Chinese government frequency-use application for a previously-unknown Apple phone with the designator A1303. The device, which shows GSM/WCDMA frequencies identical to the iPhone's, is listed as being WAPI-compatible. The network access license was granted April 26.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Makes iPhone Model Using China's WiFi Standard started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Prox's Avatar
      Prox -
      Lmfaoo cracked in 3 minutes. I find that to funny
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      china, just give up

      Quote Originally Posted by Prox View Post
      Lmfaoo cracked in 3 minutes. I find that to funny
      cracked faster than a mac
    1. Prox's Avatar
      Prox -
      This must mean if they use any security or protection it's on a gameboy level and just a toy.
    1. w1r3d's Avatar
      w1r3d -
      yep, 3 minutes if you are kinda close to the AP and if it has the 64bit WEP encryption, the obe that almost all US routers have.

      I personally use wpa-psk (=
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      so, it's made in china...

    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Prox View Post
      Lmfaoo cracked in 3 minutes. I find that to funny
      Why? I crack 'em faster than that on my Acer Aspire one (Atheros chipset for packet injection/ARP attack). "Too funny"
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      So I wonder if this was the model of iPhone that was originally thought to be a verizon iPhone? Didn't they find signs of a second iPhone in the file system of 4.0?
    1. levy_devy's Avatar
      levy_devy -
      Wait, where in the article does it say the Chinese WEP was cracked in three minutes. It just says:
      At a recent ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) meeting in Los Angeles, a team of FBI agents demonstrated current WEP-cracking techniques and broke a 128 bit WEP key in about three minutes.
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      the SMS4 cipher was declassified in 2006...WAPI is a bit old it was developed in 2003...my guess it that WPA2 tops it