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Windows 7: Users face serious threat as hackers take aim at routers, embedded dev

05 Apr 2014   #1

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Users face serious threat as hackers take aim at routers, embedded dev

Users face serious threat as hackers take aim at routers, embedded devices

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Home routers and other consumer embedded devices are plagued by basic vulnerabilities and can’t be easily secured by non-technical users, which means they’ll likely continue to be targeted in what has already become an increasing trend of mass attacks.

Computer OSes have advanced considerably from a security standpoint over the last decade, with their creators strengthening code and adding a variety of protections. However, routers, modems, wireless access points and other “plug-and-forget” devices have lagged behind as their makers lacked strong incentives to secure them. As a result, those devices can now pose a significant threat to the online security of users, contrary to the long-held belief that connecting a computer through a home router is better than exposing it directly to the Internet.

Routers and other embedded devices have simply not been on attackers’ radar until now, at least not on a significantly large scale, but that’s starting to change and if the attacks observed this year are any indication, it might be happening at a faster pace than manufacturers can react.
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