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Open Wireless Router Let You Share Your Internet with the World

Open Wireless Router Let You Share Your Internet with the World

June 23, 2014Swati Khandelwal
In this era of mass surveillance, we have always learned from security folks to protect and encrypt our communication and networks, especially widely open private Wi-Fi networks. It is always recommended to use a strong password and encryption on Wireless Routers in an effort to safeguard the privacy and security of our web communication and personal data. Quite the contrary, a group of activists says opening up your home Wi-Fi network could not only enhance your privacy, but actually increase it in the process. A new movement dubbed as " Open Wireless Movement " is encouraging the users to open-up their private network or at least a small portion of the available bandwidth to strangers. It really sounds quite annoying! Isn't it? In this case any unknown can consume a large part of your network bandwidth or can use your network to perform illicit activities, and it will come as a great boon for those cyber thieves who are in wake of finding such open networks to carr
Hacking Wireless DSL routers via Administrative password Reset Vulnerability

Hacking Wireless DSL routers via Administrative password Reset Vulnerability

January 03, 2014Mohit Kumar
If you want to hack a Netgear and Linkys Wireless Routers , there is a quick backdoor entry available, that allow an attacker to reset the admin panel password to defaults. Eloi Vanderbeken , a hacker and reverse-engineer from France has discovered an administration password Reset vulnerability in many Netgear and Linkys Routers. In a blog post , Eloi said that During Christmas Holidays he forgot the admin interface password of his Linksys WAG200G router and in an effort to gain access back of its administration panel, he first scanned the Router and found a suspicious open TCP port i.e. 32764. To do further research on this port service, he downloaded a copy Linksys firmware and reverse-engineered it. He found was a secret backdoor interface that allowed him to send commands to the router from a command-line shell without being authenticated as the administrator. Then he blindly tested commands, but doing so flips the router's configuration back to factory settings with defau
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