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Windows 7: Millions of routers vulnerable to hack attack - Is yours?


19 Jul 2010   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Millions of routers vulnerable to hack attack - Is yours?

According to security researcher Craig Heffner, about half the existing models of home routers, including most Linksys, Dell, and Verizon, are vulnerable to being hacked.

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Millions of routers vulnerable to hack attack - Is yours? | ZDNet

“Millions” Of Home Routers Vulnerable To Web Hack The Firewall - Forbes.com

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The hack relies on tricking people to visit a malicious website. From that point on, the router itself can be hijacked and the poor user redirected pretty much anywhere the hacker wants them to go. The hack relies on a hack known as “DNS rebinding,” something that has been around for nearly 15 years.

Heffner has tested 30 routers and found about half of them to be vulnerable, through a combination of either a software flaw or a weak settings password.

Think you’re safe because you use OpenDNS or Firefox NoScript plug-in? Think again! According to Heffner, this doesn’t offer any protection.

So, what to do if your router is vulnerable? Well, check for updates, but if they’re not forthcoming, buy a new one. Oh, and change those default passwords, every hackers knows them!



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19 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Weak/default passwords are always a given but the chances of a hacker wasting his time trying to hack through the internet to someone's personal computer are slim to none. Besides, on most home routers the remote management is disabled by default.
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19 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

No "weak settings password" here. According to a variation of my 30-character mixed up router password at How Secure Is My Password?

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It would take
About 7,732,087,003 nonillion years
for a desktop PC to crack your password
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19 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
No "weak settings password" here. According to a variation of my 30-character mixed up router password at How Secure Is My Password?

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It would take
About 7,732,087,003 nonillion years
for a desktop PC to crack your password
Nice! But I use this for my WPA2 wireless password: https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm

63 character (a-z, A-Z, 0-9) randomly generated and nobody will ever be able to crack it.
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19 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

The problem with that, JonM33, is that I wouldn't be able to get past it myself if I needed to.
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19 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
The problem with that, JonM33, is that I wouldn't be able to get past it myself if I needed to.
Heh heh, but neither can anyone else.

I just copy and paste it into Notepad and stick it on a USB flash drive. When I need to add a computer to my wireless network (rarely) I just open the TXT file and copy and paste it.
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19 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Good way to handle it -- for you. I can visualize myself trying to remember which USB stick had the password.
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19 Jul 2010   #8

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Well Corrine, you can always do like this one lady in class did, she gave all her USB sticks names
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19 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

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19 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Another way Corrine, is to buy different colored ones for different computers.
Like you do with you supply of shoes, purses, and ( well I better stop there if I want to stay on here)!
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