Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

Researchers find holes in routers supplied by ISPs

Some routers vulnerable to remote hacking due to hard-coded admin credentials

Several DSL routers from different manufacturers contain a guessable hard-coded password that allows accessing the devices with a hidden administrator account.

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Hackers show off long-distance Wi-Fi radio proxy at DEF CON

The device uses the 900MHz band, but hides the data in the background radio noise.

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New SOHO router security audit uncovers over 60 flaws in 22 models

Some of the vulnerabilities could allow attackers to take over the affected devices.

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Large-scale attack hijacks your router through your browser

Researchers found a Web attack tool designed specifically to exploit vulnerabilities in routers and hijack their DNS settings

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Netgear and ZyXEL confirm NetUSB flaw, are working on fixes

The vulnerability could allow attackers to take over affected routers. And Netgear won't have a fix until the third quarter!

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Critical vulnerability in NetUSB driver exposes millions of routers to hacking

Tens of routers and other embedded devices from various manufacturers likely have the flaw, security researchers said.

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DDoS botnet shows insecure routers are legion

Researchers found a botnet of over 40,000 routers that are being used to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks.

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The Internet of Things will take a beating at DefCon hacking contest

Hackers will compete on findings flaws in off-the-shelf Internet-enabled embedded devices

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At least 700,000 routers that ISPs gave to their customers are vulnerable to hacking

The devices have serious flaws that enable unauthorized remote access and DNS hijacking, a researcher found

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Uh-oh: Samsung smart TVs don't encrypt your captured voice data

Samsung TVs send voice search queries to a remote server over an unencrypted connection, a researcher found.

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Information disclosure flaw exposes Netgear wireless routers to attacks

The vulnerability allows attackers to extract admin passwords and wireless network keys

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Personal weather stations can expose your Wi-Fi network

Netatmo weather stations upload Wi-Fi passwords and SSIDs to the company's servers over insecure connections

Worried about spying smart TVs? Try a home theater PC

In the wake of revelations about eavesdropping Samsung and LG smart TVs, don't forget the wide world of HTPC options available.

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Exploit allows Asus routers to be hacked from local network

Users should install firmware updates as soon as they become available and should block untrusted devices on their networks

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Attackers knock PlayStation Network offline for hours

The Lizard Squad, a group that carried out a similar attack against the Sony service in August, took credit for the downtime