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Hackers are now targeting your router

Discussion in 'Windows - Virus and spyware problems' started by Mez, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. Mez

    Mez Active member

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/...ackers-targeting-your-router-komando/6496743/

    I thought I would post this even though Kim is not all that technically astute.
     
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    Better late than never i spose..lol..thats not you mez i mean the article you refer too,must've not had any ideas for an article as this is an add on to an article 11 months ago from the tech world regarding hacked routers; the last new exploit was found last week or the week before.I subscribe to a couple or so emails that deal with this sort of news ,i can remember only 1 at the mo,its pc world power tips,there's another crowd called infopackets that have up to date news as soon as it's found out that can be subscribed too if your interested,there is a downside to keeping an eye on whats happening out there,hacked routers is small time :p
     
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    Well I hadn't seen an article stating that or a post on this forum. So I thought I would share even if it is old news. It is just one more thing to keep in mind.
     
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    Gee, I can open it OK now, guess someone woke up :)

    My router has the latest firmware and a long random character password.
     
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    There's an exploit this or an exploit that every other week with something if its hardware or software,i've given up on being paranoid about it all; tho the router exploit pissed me off..lol..when i originally saw it in the email & ended up changing the default router name & placed a password in,you have to wonder why each router isn't sent out already passworded with a unique router name as well,i'd hate to think how many are out there with no protection i.e default name & password..lol..
     
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    I'm with you scorp. Back in my early days "Paranoia was just good thinking", not any more. lol
     
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    2oldGeek, always thought you were paranoid.
     
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    You got me confused wit Mez?
     
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    nope.
     
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    You must have me confused with some other body cuz I feel my paranoia has become a thing of the past.....
     
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    must be your meds you are on are doing that.
     
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    the only meds I'm on is German soda pop. :)
     
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    maybe your wife is spiking them with your proper meds.
     
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    If my wife had anything to do with it it would be arsenic....
     
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    & maybe that too in your german soda pop.
     
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    Yeah, a Hefeweissbier with the bite of a vampire....
     
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    My computer is about to backup and I'm calling it a night.. nite, nite all.
     
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    Well you got me pegged! I am paranoid to the core! Funny thing is I keep finding articles showing me most of my fears are not groundless.
     
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    I am paranoid as well (actually on meds for it), but a couple of things you gotta realise you can only control your life & whats in it, & there are always people way more paranoid then you.

    bk on topic: tp-link routers have been affected aswell.
     
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    More info...

    http://www.cnet.com/news/top-wi-fi-routers-easy-to-hack-says-study/

    Hacking into modems, routers and firewalls
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/44703058/CEHv6-Module-35-Hacking-Routers-Cable-Modems-and-Firewalls


    http://www.index-of-files.org/file-pdf/module-35-hacking-routers-cable-modems-and-firewalls

    As far as local attacks, do not laugh this off like I did before I wised up. I was in a running war with a hacker who kept hacking into my wireless network for years. I live in a moderately dense neighborhood 1 - .6 acre plots. I know all the households within a few hundred yards. At that time there was no house with a tech savvy adult and the children were mostly middle school or younger. I believe the hacker lived in a mansion about a half mile away. I live on Rockcreek park and the part I back up to is only about 300 yrds thick and the mansions are about 500 yards away from mine. Back then AD had more of a hacker presence. I got good information from them. I got a link to plans for a directional wireless antenna with an amplifier. The only item that was the least bit expensive was the crystal for under $20. The antenna was made from a tomato can. Optimum dimensions were provided. The can was wrapper with fine wire and used a power supply used for charging electronics. The more powerful the power supply the better the signal boost. They were supposed to be good from 100 yrds to about a mile depending on the number of wire wraps and the power used. Then I checked ebay for the crystal frequency. You could buy professionally build devices for a few hundred bucks that were advertised for up to 10 miles. These things were huge, more like old satellite dishes. They appeared to be something for a legitimate business.
     

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