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Windows 7: Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW


12 Mar 2014   #1

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

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A Wi-Fi security flaw leaves Virgin Media subscribers' wireless connections vulnerable to takeover by hackers.

The vulnerability, identified by IT consultant Paul Moore, means Virgin Media Superhub router/modem combo devices leak users' passwords every time they reboot. The issue arises because the Netgear-manufactured device initially brings up the wireless network without any form of encryption, allowing it to accidentally leak its Wi-Fi password in the clear to anyone nearby.

"After the seven-second window, the router takes the Wi-Fi card offline, enables encryption and brings the card back up," Moore explains. "That’d be great, if we hadn’t already broadcast the encryption key to everyone nearby.”

Moore added:
That’s akin to reading your password aloud while you change it.
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