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Dear Blast Readers,
Do you run a blog or a company website? Is your internet router secure or unsecure? Did you know that your router, if left unsecure, assists hackers in attacking your blog and/or company website account?
Hackers have figured out how to use unsecure routers to launch brute-force attacks on your Admin Panels. A brute-force attack is an attack that tries all the different combinations of words and numbers until the correct combination is found and access is granted. Admin Panels are where you can manage your account, you can control features such as:
- The Admin Menu
- The Admin Bar
- User Information
- Content Area
- Screen Options
- And more
Once the hackers have gained access to your unsecure router, they are able to guess your login information. But, to keep their activity on the down-low they only attempt a few password guesses per router. Once access is gained, this allows the hackers to hijack your account, either ransoming it back to you or using it for other malicious purposes.
So how do hackers gain access to your unsecure router?
Hackers, when attempting to gain access to a router, are exploiting the security bugs within the routers management protocol. To gain access, what the hacker must do is send malicious requests to your router.
One of the specific vulnerability utilized by the hackers is known as the “Misfortune Cookie” vulnerability. This vulnerability takes control of a service that the Internet Service Providers uses to manage routers remotely (this specific vulnerability is in the router). Hackers can gain access to thousands of devices (controlling every single one). With this access, hackers can upload a malicious program.
If you find that your router is vulnerable, it is best that you:
- Reboot your router immediately (this should flush out any malware lurking within your router).
- Update your firmware
- Run a virus scan
- Update all OS and applications
If you have any questions relating to Router Security, Hacking, Cyber Security, or Computer Forensics contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954)727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.