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Windows 7: Top Wi-Fi routers easy to hack, says study


17 Apr 2013   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Top Wi-Fi routers easy to hack, says study

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The Wi-Fi router you use to broadcast a private wireless Internet signal in your home or office is not only easy to hack, says a report released today, but the best way to protect yourself is out of your hands.

The report, written by research firm Independent Security Evaluators of Baltimore, found that 13 of the most popular off-the-shelf wireless routers could be exploited by a "moderately skilled adversary with LAN or WLAN access." It also concludes that your best bet for safer Wi-Fi depends on router vendors upping their game. All 13 routers evaluated can be taken over from the local network, with four of those requiring no active management session. Eleven of the 13 can be taken over from a Wide-Area Network (WAN) such as a wireless network, with two of those requiring no active management session.

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Top Wi-Fi routers easy to hack, says study | Security & Privacy - CNET News

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17 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am stuck with a open-wrt router right now. I wonder how secure it is, but this news is surely disappointing to hear
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17 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If I didn't have such amazingly bad luck bricking (or almost bricking) routers, motherboards, and other hardware when updating the firmware, I'd be more open to the idea. Alas, I've had too many moments of "did I just brick this?" to warrant firmware updates worth the stress unless there's a device-breaking problem in the current firmware that I need to immediately address.
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17 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Mr. paranoid here.
I use no wifi. I have removed both antenna's from the router and covered the ports with aluminum foil.
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20 Apr 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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20 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crankypenguin View Post
I am stuck with a open-wrt router right now. I wonder how secure it is, but this news is surely disappointing to hear
OpenWRT and DD-WRT are among the most secure you can get in terms of firmware

I successfully cracked my BTHomeHub 3.0 WPA2 encryption in 6h25m a few weeks ago but that's down to a massive flaw in WPS which DD-WRT does not include, I would assume OpenWRT would also have it removed
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