Protecting Routers and Networks from Hackers

Cybersecurity experts warn that users must protect their routers from attack. New malware can attack the router and reconfigure it, redirecting users to other sites to steal data or smuggle more viruses and Trojans onto a computer. Router updates and switching passwords are are recommended to avoid the situation entirely.
Cybersecurity experts warn that users must protect their routers from attack. New malware can attack the router and reconfigure it, redirecting users to other sites to steal data or smuggle more viruses and Trojans onto a computer. Router updates and switching passwords are are recommended to avoid the situation entirely.

 

Hackers are no longer content to just go after computers. Now they want to go after networks’ nervous systems.

“There are special kinds of malware that attack the router Relevant Products/Servicesand reconfigure it,” says Erik Tews of the Center for Advanced Security Research at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany.

Thus, a person surfing the net to go to a bank could be redirected by the virus in the router to another site that pulls up account data Relevant Products/Services or smuggles further viruses and Trojans onto a computer.

Such manipulation can only be recognized with very close inspection. Hackers might not offer encrypted connections, says Tews. Or the address bar doesn’t look the same as normal, lacking things like the padlock icon or uses an http prefix, instead of https.

Some hackers try to create the false sense of encryption.

“That’s when the browser should warn that the certificate can’t be recognized,” says the security Relevant Products/Services expert.

To avoid the situation entirely, users should protect Relevant Products/Services their routers from attack. Hackers usually make use of gaps in thesoftware Relevant Products/Services, which is often on the older side. But a lot of manufacturers have started using countermeasures.

“Just like with programs, there are router updates,” says Tews. “Newer devices, in general, update themselves regularly.” Users of older models will have to find new firmware on the manufacturer’s Web site.

Another security trick is to switch passwords. After all, if an attacker knows the code to get onto a network Relevant Products/Services, he doesn’t even need to find a security gap.

“Routers all have a standard password that’s easy to find out,” says Tews. That’s why users should be sure to change it at least once. 
 
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