One of our primary goals at FlashRouters is to provide our customers with the most secure wireless devices that money can buy. In an age where invasive governments and cybercriminals are only becoming more and more bold, we consider it a sacred duty.
And we’re going to keep on keeping on with that aforementioned goal as a guiding principle, especially considering that there seems to be disturbing news about router hacking every other week. In fact, we’ve collected some of the most recent stories, just to give you an idea of the sort of vulnerabilities that exist out there.
But before we get to that, we insist on reminding you that with the right FlashRouter and the right VPN service provider on your side, you can avoid losing sleep about the security of your banking information, e-mails, and other sensitive online data. In fact, we have a whole best-sellers list full of terrific choices for the more conscientious online denizen.
Anyway, onto the news…
Router Hacking News
Router DNS Attack Brings Pornography and Game Ads to Popular Websites – Let’s start by looking at a router attack that is particularly mischievous. Hackers have figured out a way to confuse routers into sending incorrect DNS results. Many websites use Google Analytics, and this hack basically bypasses Google Analytics and sends faulty code instead, the result of which is pornography and game ads popping up on your screen that seem to originate from popular websites, but are instead coming from a hacked router.
Routers Provided By ISPs Vulnerable to Hacks – Don’t assume a router provided by your Internet Service Provider is necessarily safe; in fact, more than 700,000 of the ADSL routers ISPs provide are not. A “directory traversal” flaw in a firmware component called webproc.cgi that exists in these routers has a major vulnerability that allows would-be hackers to find your administrative credentials. Suffice to say, at that point, the router and your network are no longer within your control.
Common Hotel Routers Supremely Hackable – We’re going to get deeper into this one in an upcoming post, but the invaluable security firm Cylance has discovered a flaw in routers used by 8 of the 10 biggest hotel chains in the world. In addition to allowing attackers to download malware to your devices, this flaw gives potential attackers access to your data transmissions, and even the hotel’s keycard and reservation system. Sadly, security experts are pretty certain that most hotels will do little to correct this issue.
12 Million Home and Business Routers Vulnerable to Critical Hijacking Hack – While we’re on the subject of routers that are both common and problematic, here’s a bug, humorously dubbed “Misfortune Cookie”, that has shown up in devices from companies like Linksys, D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE, and ZyXEL. The issue is in the “RomPager” software, and apparently could allow hackers to gain administrative control and mess with the devices memory.
Feds Warn Airlines to Watch Out for Passengers Hacking Jets – And for our final story in this section, we figured we ought to go ahead and scare the daylights out of you. Terrifyingly, the FBI and the TSA have issued a warning to airlines, asking them to be on the lookout for anyone who might be trying to hack an airplane’s wireless network, and thus commandeer, say, the plane’s navigation system. Reassuringly, the FBI and the TSA claim that these threats are merely theoretical, and as of yet, they have no information that suggests a hacker could actually pull this off.
And Now (Because You’ve Earned It) the Lighter Side of Router News
Some Guys Decked Out Their Router Like The USS Enterprise (And You Can Too) – A couple of enterprising (forgive us) fellas have figured out a fairly basic way to have their router integrated into a model of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise. It looks pretty damn cool and not all that hard to arrange for yourself. There. Doesn’t that feel a little better after all of the danger and terror documented in the stories above?