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Home Router Devices Were Compromised By Foreign Hackers Says FBI

The announcement did not provide any details about where the criminals might be based, or what their motivations could be.

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The FBI warned on Friday that foreign cyber criminals had compromised "hundreds of thousands" of home and small-office router devices around the world

Foreign cyber criminals have compromised “hundreds of thousands” of router devices around the world, the FBI announced Friday.

The FBI warned on Friday that foreign cyber criminals had compromised “hundreds of thousands” of home and small-office router devices around the world which direct traffic on the internet by forwarding data packets between computer networks.

In a public service announcement, the FBI has discovered that the foreign cyber criminals used a VPNFilter malware that can collect peoples’ information, exploit their devices and block network traffic.

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It said the malware is hard to detect, due to encryption and other tactics. Pixabay

The announcement did not provide any details about where the criminals might be based, or what their motivations could be.

“The size and scope of the infrastructure by VPNFilter malware is significant,” the FBI said, adding that it is capable of rendering people’s routers “inoperable.”

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It said the malware is hard to detect, due to encryption and other tactics.

The FBI urged people to reboot their devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and help identify infected devices.

People should also consider disabling remote management settings, changing passwords to replace them with more secure ones, and upgrading to the latest firmware. (VOA)

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Guest Wi-Fi at Your Home Prone to Hacking: Researchers

“A hardware-based solution seems to be the safest approach to guaranteeing isolation between secure and non-secure network devices,” Ovadya added

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Hackers have time and again demonstrated that breaking into public Wi-Fi networks is very easy. Pixabay

The guest Wi-Fi at your home is prone to hacking owing to inadequate in-built security, say researchers.

Most routers sold today offer consumers two or more network options – one for the family which may connect all the sensitive smart devices and computers and the other for visitors or less sensitive data.

A study by Israel-based Ben-Gurion University (BGU) indicates that routers from well-known manufacturers are vulnerable to cross-router data leaks through a malicious attack on one of the two separated networks.

“All of the routers we surveyed regardless of brand or price point were vulnerable to at least some cross-network communication once we used specially crafted network packets,” said Adar Ovadya from BGU’s department of software and information systems engineering.

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Besides higher data rates, Wi-Fi 6, which is expected to be rolled out later this year, also promises increased capacity, better control over how users access the network, improved performance in environments with many connected devices, and lesser battery consumption by devices. Pixabay

Less sensitive data may include multimedia streams or environmental sensor readings.

In the paper, the researchers demonstrated the existence of different levels of cross-router covert channels which can be combined and exploited to either control a malicious implant, or to exfiltrate or steal the data.

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In some instances, these can be patched as a simple software bug, but more pervasive covert cross-channel communication is impossible to prevent, unless the data streams are separated on different hardware.

“A hardware-based solution seems to be the safest approach to guaranteeing isolation between secure and non-secure network devices,” Ovadya added. (IANS)