The author of the BrickerBot malware has claimed a cyber-attack that took place in various Indian states and has caused over 60,000 modems and routers to lose Internet connectivity.
Simple statistics can tell you a lot about the state of security in a market niche. For example, if we'd said that just five passwords would grant you access to 10% of all the IoT devices available online, you'd be right to feel concerned.
After a two-week hiatus, WikiLeaks dumped new files as part of the Vault 7 series that supposedly contains CIA-made hacking tools the organization claims it received from hackers and agency insiders.
Specially-designed malware installed on a router or a switch can take control over the device's LEDs and use them to transmit data in a binary format to a nearby attacker, who can capture it using simple video recording equipment.
The latest firmware update for Netgear NightHawk R7000 routers adds support and enables an "analytics system" that collects user data and sends it to the company's servers.
An unpatched bug in the firmware of Intel Puma 6 chipsets — used within several models of gigabit cable modems — is causing latency issues, and may also be used to knock devices offline via a gentle packet stream.
A severe security flaw in the implementation of the SNMP protocol allows an attacker to take over at least 58 cable modem models, according to a team of researchers.
Linksys says that 25 router models are vulnerable to remote hacking and could be taken over by an attacker if users still use their default admin credentials.
A particular TP-Link router model will spew out its admin password in cleatext to anyone that sends an SMS message to the router's SIM card with a particular script inside, according to German security researcher Jan Hörsch.
Some Ubiquiti network device models can be hacked thanks to an unpatched vulnerability, allowing attackers to gain control over the device, or use it as a pivot point in the victim's network to hack other nearby equipment.