|11 Jan 2014||#1|
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Default settings leave external hard drives connected to Asus routers
Files on thousands of hard drives connected to broadband routers from Asus are easily accessible over the Internet due to unsecure default settings, according to industry experts and tests conducted by PC World Norway and TechWorld Sweden.
Broadband routers with USB ports that allow users to connect external hard drives have become increasingly common. Shared storage that can be remotely accessed via the Internet using protocols such as FTP is convenient, but it also comes with security implications.
If products aren’t configured correctly, personal data can become accessible to anyone with basic technical knowledge, which is what has happened to owners of routers from Asus, reports PC World Norway.
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|15 Jan 2014||#2|
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Asus simplifies router configuration to protect external hard drives
Asus is now distributing a firmware update that will change the default security settings on its broadband routers after files on thousands of external hard drives were found easily accessible over the Internet.
The problem was reported last week and stems from how Asus’ routers are configured. Access to an external hard drive that’s been attached to a router’s USB port via FTP can be activated manually or by using a wizard, but both leave the router open by default.
As a result, the files of users in Europe and the U.S. were found accessible via the Internet, according to industry experts and tests conducted by PC World Norway and TechWorld Sweden.
After being questioned about the problem, Asus decided to develop a firmware update to fix the issue, which is now being distributed via its website and the directly from the router user interface.
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