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Security expert calls home routers a clear and present danger

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:46 PM


LAS VEGAS—During his keynote and a press conference that followed here at the Black Hat information security conference, In-Q-Tel chief information security officer Dan Geer expressed concern about the growing threat of botnets powered by home and small office routers. The inexpensive Wi-Fi routers commonly used for home Internet access—which are rarely patched by their owners—are an easy target for hackers, Geer said, and could be used to construct a botnet that "could probably take down the Internet." Asked by Ars if he considered home routers to be the equivalent of critical infrastructure as a security priority, he answered in the affirmative.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:20 AM

It's a well known threat, but mostly ignored by consumers. Thanks for bringing this up Nick :thumbup2:


Other firmware you can load onto your router to avoid this include DD-WRT and Tomato. There are other free open-source projects too that do the same thing for other routers.


Sadly many people cannot load these firmware products as their routers don't support them... So in future when buying a new router, a prerequisite might include that it is compatible with firmware like this.


Not that that will help us if the router-bot has brought down the internet as a whole. :whistle:

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 07:01 PM

Not that that will help us if the router-bot has brought down the internet as a whole. :whistle:

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