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The Wi-Fi router you use to broadcast a private wireless Internet signal in your home or office is not only easy to hack, says a report released today, but the best way to protect yourself is out of your hands.
The report, written by research firm Independent Security Evaluators of Baltimore, Md., found that 14 of the most popular off-the-shelf wireless routers could be exploited by a “moderately skilled adversary with LAN or WLAN access.” It also concludes that your best bet for safer Wi-Fi depends on router vendors upping their game.
My router’s not safe? Really? “It is not a safe assumption to make that you’re safe.” Steve Bono, the company’s CEO and principal security analyst, told CNET in a phone interview.
The report notes that all 14 of the devices had critical security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a “remote adversary” and could lead to unauthorized remote control of the router.
Before you dismiss router hacks as exceptionally rare, it’s important to note that they’ve been a small but growing segment of computer security threats. In 2011, one firmware vulnerability affecting six hardware manufacturers combined with two malicious scripts and 40 malicious DNS servers to … [Read more]