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Computer routers face hijack risk:

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  1. NamesDontMatter

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    Researchers at both Symantec Corp. and the University of Indiana say routers are at risk of highjacking. The research found that router users are succeptable to hijacking of their hardware through malicious code hiding in specially crafted websites that could change settings on the network devices and begin phishing attacks. These attacks are very dangerous to users an example givin by cbc.ca states, "For example, a person could enter the correct address of their bank's website into their web browser but they would be taken to a fake site designed to steal their banking information." The scary thing is that this particular type of attack works on The on all major consumer routers, including routers made by Linksys, Belkin, Netgear and D-Link, but only after a user on that device visited a specially crafted web page for it to work.

    Source: cbc.ca
     
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    ::cringe:: this isnt good news....
     
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    thank God, the FSM, and Tom Cruise for Smoothwall :cool:
     
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    Cisco 850 FTW! < Maybe I should get one, they do the trick, and are the cheapest of the group.

    I have been highly considering setting up another linux machine to act as a router anyways.
     
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    wouldn't the url be different then. I'd notice something was wrong then
     
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    Just another reason why I don't/won't use routers. Multiple ISP's is the way to go!!
     
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    no. It could spoof your DNS and redirect any normal URL to any page they wanted, all while looking completely legit.
     
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    this definantly isnt good...

    there are way to protect one's PC against these types of things, but how does one protect ones router?
     
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    get a firewall router?
    and set it up properly
     
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    hmm, i hope SMC isnt affected :p
     
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    read the rest of the story at the end of the link:

    These are the same kind of people that don't secure their wireless networks
     
  12. newbielives New Member

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    I was scared for a minute there lol

     
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    Turn off JAVASCRIPT in your browsers & web based apps that use it...

    :)

    * This is the reason WHY I do so, OR rather, a part of it... & only use it, where you HAVE to. For INTRANET usage, it's decent stuff... but, for the public internet, it definitely has DOWNSIDES!

    APK

    P.S.=> Webmasters may not LIKE me doing that, but it is a personal choice - I'd like to keep my system solid & secure as is possible! apk
     
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  14. Poisonsnak New Member

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    Well I was more concerned with those who leave the default password on their router but hey I've never liked javascript either.
     
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    After reading this, I decided I would finally turn Javascript off.

    My dad is pretty insane when it comes to routers. Who the hell uses the default password? Isn't it like admin for all of them? I mean come on....
     
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    lol who doesnt use a password :p
     
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    My router password is set to default :p
    i could never really be bothered to change it :roll:

    i would of course do so if i was visiting less than ideal websites, but i havnt ventured away from hotmail, tpu, myspace and wikipedia on this computer in the few months ive had it.

    il change it later ;)
     
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    you log onto your internet banking :p!

    dont mind me if i sit out the front of your house with my bro's laptop :D
     
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    you would have no idea how to steal my bank funds kiddo :p
     
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    make a bet :D?

    I already know your router password :p
     
  21. ex_reven New Member

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    shutup :p
     
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    Moral of the story, change ur password
     
  23. ex_reven New Member

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    changed...

    you happy?
     
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    no, now i cant wipe your bank account :p
     
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    Just use firefox with the NoScript extension... then you can enable javascript for the sites you need and leave it off for everything else... works a treat :)
     

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