Don’t assume you are safe from router hackers, says Steve Bono, CEO of research firm Independent Security Evaluators of Baltimore. In a recent report, thirteen of the most popular everyday routers were proven to be easily hacked by a “moderately skilled adversary with LAN or WLAN access.”
The report goes on to suggest that your best bet at protection lies in the hands of the vendors. All the routers tested can be taken over from the LAN, with only four that do not need an active management session. Eleven routers of the thirteen can be exploited from a wide area network, with only two not requiring an active management session.
The danger of this kind of vulnerability is once you’re inside the firewall, you can access credit card numbers perhaps in personal e-mails, documents, your passwords, photographs, or just about anything your hearts desire. Routers that were tested include Linksys WRT310Nv2, Netgear WNDR4700, Belkin N300 and N900, TP-Link WR1043N, and Verizon Actiontec.
Companies were notified of these security vulnerabilities and some are currently working towards security solutions.
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