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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Routers with Default Settings are Targeted

Routers with Default Settings are Targeted

Routers with Default Settings are Targeted

Added: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Once again, Internet users are warned to make sure that their Wi-Fi routers have unique passwords. Security experts are never tired of repeating that manta, as email spammers have been noticed sending out phishing links again. Those links are trying to hijack the devices with default passwords and steal personal data from their victims.


Usually, phishing emails try to force the user to click a link designed in such a way that it could log the spammer into a home router – this can be a successful attempt if the router has default security settings and a known password. After doing so, the attackers can eavesdrop on communications by altering the router’s settings to pass all traffic to them.

New attacks primarily targeted Brazilian Internet users with emails that were made to look like an alert about an unpaid bill from a local largest ISP. Instead, the email carried a link designed to hack that same ISP’s router equipment. However, the experts are confident that this attack won’t remain in Brazil but spread further.

It is known that today many routers are sold with a unique password, which protects their users against this type of attack. However, older routers were most often sold with standard settings like “admin” and “password”. So, hacked routers are now a popular tool for online mischief: for example, the Lizard Squad hacking group also used a network of hacked routers to carry out a DDoS attack against Sony and Microsoft over the Christmas period.

Anyway, even if the Wi-Fi router has a unique password, Internet users should still be careful about clicking any email links they see. Although the above mentioned attack in Brazil used vulnerability in the ISP’s equipment to enter the default credentials, other vulnerabilities may not require that much information.

Mar 10th, 2015

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Date:  Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-03-10 15:01:31)
Embolism avatarfirewalled and encrypted hub(with my own tabled router attached passworded and encrypted),encrypted HDD and /userpswd never in root unless updating with yum or pkg manager and all hardwired with pkt flood protection on both devices targeted policy on the kingdom security,any lock can be picked and any code can be broken,but make them work for it.

posted by (2015-03-10 20:39:28)
masta4321 avatar#1 Thug life? lol

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverTurtle (2015-03-11 00:10:22)
Carjacker avatar@ Embolism
you do realize that having all that encrypted sh*t is useless if you logged in - which is a given if you clicking on links and sh*t. Encrypting your hard drive only works if your sh*t is turned off/hibernated/sleeping and it's stolen - and if the thieves cant brute force your lock out password without turning your drive off.
Remember, young Padawan, once you log into your system, all encrypted drives, by default, are granted access and decrypted.

posted by (2015-03-11 04:40:46)
evermaak avatardont do anything personal on my pc if i want to do somthing at the bank.i lift my @ss and go to the bank.I dont even have any personal photos on my pc it goes straight from phone/camera to disc.If they wanna hack me all they gonna get is some old crappy music and a drive full of porn and i dont mind sharing they can take it all

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-03-11 17:07:35)
Embolism avatar@3 since it is hardwired and not wifi all traffic is through one isp router set as a hub and then table routed through my own router to my linux PC which is invisible in my router table,it then has Linux targeted policy and is only used in User with no permissions for group access and as not root nothing can be changed without another password from me,since Linux and not windows which tries to open every port under the sun to access me via my router is a major ache in the derriere as is packet flooding,windows users only have to turn on the power button to be hacked ,Linux takes a little longer either way no easy feat getting past 3 firewalls,3 passwords and hacking root to get access even if you somehow managed to get a rootkit hack and get past aide etc.Nothing is totally secure, but I have no fears from my wifi as I do`nt use it.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-03-11 17:45:44)
Embolism avatarBTW I have wake on LAN disabled as well so the encrypted HDD means I can sleep and know no one is remotely turning on my PC for a peek or trying to brute force my LUX encrypted HDD,even if I downloaded a bit of malware that reset my defaults on my motherboard and did manage to turn it on via wake on LAN. ( :^D) make them work for it,even if you have nothing of real interest on your discs. Airsnort,Aircrack, etc only work if you are using wifi and are visible in the router table and do not have 2 wpa2 encrypted firewalls to get through as well as system targeted firewall policy and no root or group access/ permissions.As i said before windoze users are hacke from the moment they turn on their box,Linux takes a little longer.

posted by men (2015-03-13 03:03:37)
morimund_the_burgermaster avatarHave to agree with evermaak. Don't put anything on your computer that they can hang you for. Get off you arses and go to the bank, or the post office, buy what you need from a shop, and keep someone in a job.
OMG whats that big bright yellowy thing in that big blue thing that's outside my door, Hmmmm, think I'd better google that!!

posted by (2015-03-14 00:54:45)
No avatarthx

posted by (2015-03-15 16:17:12)
No avatarGood to know for the newbies, or anyone not keeping up with their security. Been in Computers since 1985 and have been using 1025 bit encryption on the HD since 1990. Yes, it can be cracked, but will take them a very long time to do so, and the encryption changes automatically every time I long onto my HD. Great little program that stays on a Flash Drive.

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