Monkeys beware Millions of Smart TVs, Phones and Routers At Risk

Discussion in 'Technical' started by sec_monkey, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

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  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

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  3. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Every router has a user name a password. The defaults are user name: admin and password: admin.

    My router's user name is admin; however its password isn't admin. :):)
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  4. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Of what? Your title said millions at risk but you didn't say what we are at risk of......... I am sure it is risk of being hacked but my Mom said never ass-u-me.............
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  5. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Must be some really dumb MFGs out there.

    The unit I use will not work past the first install step unless you set the password to something new.

    The more secure places I visit require non word pass words, i.e., no dictionary words.

    Then again that's why a smart company actually employ a IT Security group, most do not.

  6. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    True, where routers are preset is when they are installed by the provider and required to access to or be recognized by their service.
    Where we live now, there is only one ISP offering DSL, who supplies a router with wireless. The first router's wireless range did not provide for our needs, so used one I bought for where I used to live and plugged into the router's LAN ports.
    After their first router died and its replacement provided the wireless range we required; I set up a private and guest wireless accounts and changed the admin password.

    I change the guest password after guests leave.
  7. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Just use your initials and the last 16 digits of Pi and you are good to go for a password
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  8. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    With me, that one would be a copy and paste password. LOL
  9. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    As a non terminating non repeating decimal, you will never reach the LAST 16 digits;)
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  10. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Yep, so no one will ever guess your password. Not even yourself. Can't be much more secure than that. Rubber hose technique will never get it out of you either, even though one wish it might!
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  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Then it will truly be secure.
  12. fmhuff

    fmhuff Monkey+++

    A few words for thought. Firewalls are there to keep malicious programs out. Anti-Virus is there to stop or limit damage once the program gets in. If your firewall is done right, nobody gets in.

    A friend’s son does firewalls for the government and large business. He says most operating systems are created for convenience and not security. Almost all OS's are sqhishy, firewals if done right create a hard impenetrable shell. Something to meditate on.
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  13. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    @Motomom34 sorry that is essentially all the article said.

    They have not released the details about the vulnerability to try to protect users and to give the manufacturers time to patch it before something really bad happens.

    Users need to be vigilant and have to install their own security because the manufacturers are slow to patch these vulnerabilities, if they ever get patched.
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