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    Top Wi-Fi routers easy to hack, says study


    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, found that 13 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. All 13 routers evaluated can be taken over from the local network, with four of those requiring no active management session. Eleven of the 13 can be taken over from a Wide-Area Network (WAN) such as a wireless network, with two of those requiring no active management session.


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    Top Wi-Fi routers easy to hack, says study | Security & Privacy - CNET News

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    Wireless data transmission makes me nervous. They can call it harmless but billions of invisible bits floating in between Oxygen molecules is spooky. Cell phones are the same thing. Its some form of data radiation. They affect my audio system, just as does the microwave. If big brother can trace wireless sourcing, anything is possible.
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    Thank you Brink for the information. I don't know how easy to break-in a wireless network with WPA or WPA2 protection. Have you evered try to break-in your own wireless network?
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    Bottom line is nothing is safe if thieves want it bad enough.

    If top secret firms and organizations can get hacked into, how could our little ole 90-200 dollar routers stand up to those who really want to get in. Our only safe bet is we're small fry compared to the bigger fish to be caught.

    That said, it still doesn't mean you don't institute good sound security practices, starting with securing your router, using strong passphrases, and of course changing the router's default password.

    My two cents.
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    Well that is a big let down...no matter what little we do on our end it's not enough...the bottom line is the router is the weakest point. That really sucks. Now is this strictly for wireless or is wired side involved?
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    I dunno- I always use WPA-PSK, and I've never been hacked like when I was using WEP- It's just not possible and I have talked to some serious people about this, who all say it just can't be done. If I can't get in to my router, noby can. Are these "unsafe routers" being hacked outside of whatever encryption is being used? Are the routers themselves being accessed, so the login screen is accessible? That would be the only way to break in, but still, you would have to gain entry to the network first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I dunno- I always use WPA-PSK, and I've never been hacked like when I was using WEP- It's just not possible and I have talked to some serious people about this, who all say it just can't be done. If I can't get in to my router, noby can. Are these "unsafe routers" being hacked outside of whatever encryption is being used? Are the routers themselves being accessed, so the login screen is accessible? That would be the only way to break in, but still, you would have to gain entry to the network first.
    With all due respect, if the top government agencies and corporations can get hacked, trust me, your WPA-PSK enabled store bought router can easily be hacked. The fact that it hasn't happened (or you don't know about it) doesn't mean it can't happen.

    I too take great pains to make sure I'm not hacked either, but if some sophisticated hacker really wanted to hack me, I'm sure my commercially purchased router wouldn't be too much of a challenge. Now that doesn't sound good, but like all things bad, unfortunately they happen.

    Again, I think what keeps most of us safe is that we're small fry. And yes, I know we're usually to easier one's to hack, but...
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    Oh, I'm not saying they are not subject to some kind of exploitation, just my machine, if I can't get in, then they can't either, I have other protections in the network to keep people out, I don't just depend on the Router. I also have all of my computers and devices locked in to my network via their Mac Addresses, in the router and elsewhere. They'd have to spoof my Mac address just to be recognized by my network in two different places.

    But I've always contended, that if some individual was highly motivated to get into my machine, they could not find some way to do it. I've seen very secure networks taken out in minutes... these guys don't usually work alone, they come at you from several angles at once, One attacks one way while others pound on other areas. I've seen it done from IRC chat rooms simply because someone was using a nick that was regged to one of them, and they didn't know. Hell I've had that done to me, in a regged chat room that I was the sole Op of. Used a bot net to kick me out, used ME to give my own op away, then they took over the room with over a thousand bots. It was a couple of college guys playing Shadow Wars, eventually they gave it all back, but there was nothing we could do until they did.
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    Hi there
    Very true however it's easy to become over paranoid over this sort of stuff -- people use mobile phones every day without batting an eyelid but wifi makes the same set of people increasingly nervous.

    I suppose it's just our increasingly litigious and compensation culture society that's making everybody paranoid and risk averse.

    I really don't give too hoots if people are monitoring my Internet / listening to my phone or attempting to get money out of my Bank account. - I'm quite sure that any eavesdroppers to what I'm saying on the phone would have to be exceptionally good linguists (not too many Native Icelandic speakers I'd guess) or would get bored to tears listening -- and if they were following my internet usage they would have to be decent University graduate Engineers or Stock market traders - and if 10 million people want to copy a trade I make then it will push the trade sky high --win for me !!

    As for my primary Bank account -- I just have my Pension paid into it and keep enough for local bills so nobody is going to get rich stealing from that account. Other Financial institutions are much more difficult to hack into -- and there are much better pickings around for people into this sort of stuff to persue.

    My advice to ANYBODY - especially in the era of LOW or non existent interest rates is to NEVER keep more than about 2,000 USD in a current Bank account - or less if your monthly bills etc aren't that high, have a savings type account, a Post Office account -- I see even the UK is bringing these back, and join a decent Credit Union for your serious stuff - where you can get a debit and credit card too. For other financial stuff I always use Pre Paid "Visa" type cards.

    Seriously folks - if you are reasonably "Normal" and don't do anything stupid on the Internet you should be 100% safe - and if the CIA / FBI or whatever want you they'll have you even if you NEVER LOOK at a computer again.

    Just enjoy life -- don't get too paranoid. The sheer volume of data available these days makes monitoring "normal individuals" a total impossibility - even if the technical ability to do it exists.

    Cheers
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