Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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Many routers, modems, and other devices ship without adequate security tests

An analysis of hundreds of publicly available firmware images for routers, DSL modems, VoIP phones, IP cameras and other embedded devices uncovered high-risk vulnerabilities in a significant number of them.

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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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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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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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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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Information disclosure flaw exposes Netgear wireless routers to attacks

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

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.

Home router security to be tested in upcoming hacking contest

Researchers will compete to exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities in popular home routers.

Users face serious threat as hackers take aim at routers, embedded devices

Attacks are likely to continue and manufacturers are largely unprepared to respond, security researchers say

Philips smart TVs open to wireless attacks, researchers say

The latest firmware for some Philips smart TVs opens an insecure Miracast wireless network by default, security researchers from ReVuln said.


Cyberattacks affected more Internet users than hardware failures in the EU last year

Although cyberattacks caused just 6 percent of significant outages of public electronic communications networks and services in the E.U. last year, they affected more people than hardware failure, a much more common factor in service disruptions, according to a report from the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).


Syrian Electronic Army hacks into Viber support website

The hacker group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) broke into the customer support website for Viber, an instant messaging and Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) application available for both mobile and desktop operating systems.

Widely used wireless IP cameras open to hijacking over the Internet, researchers say

Thousands of wireless IP cameras connected to the Internet have serious security weaknesses that allow attackers to hijack them and alter their firmware, according to two researchers from security firm Qualys.


Banking malware is getting sneakier, security firms warn

Financial malware authors are trying to evade new online banking security systems by returning to more traditional phishing-like credential stealing techniques, according to researchers from security firm Trusteer.

FCC issues security guidance to smartphone users

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is advising smartphone users on how to protect their mobile devices and data from mobile security threats.