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Universal Plug ‘n Play Puts Millions at Risk

Jan 29, 2013

It’s no surprise that the day would come when routers, networking equipment, printers and storage devices were now at risk of hacking. According to a recent report, common viruses currently have the ability to penetrate an estimated 40 to 50 million devices, thanks to vulnerabilities found in the standard networking system UPnP, also known as, Universal Plug and Play.

While wireless devices discover and communicate to one another, they offer access points to share files, printers, media devices and the internet, which in turn open doorways to hacking activity. The vulnerabilities lie in the standard known as (UPnP), or a Universal Plug and Play networking system. IT security specialists suggest scanning their systems and networks now, as many devices come with UPnP already enabled by default. Misconfigurations and exploitable vulnerabilities were shown to be present in a recent UPnP testing, by an outsourced company. These flaws should be disabled or fixed as soon as possible to devoid hackers access to confidential business files, passwords, or even gain control printers and webcams.



Rachel Gilliland

Toronto Professional Services Team


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