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Cyber Attack Knocks Nearly A Million Routers Offline by Mohit Kumar
Review by Charles Mohapel
The Hacker News.com, The Register.co.ukBullGuard.com News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM161203ROUTERS
Date: 03 December 2016

Links: The Hacker News.com Article #1 / The Register.co.uk Article / The Hacker News.com Article #2 / Bullguard's IoT Scanner /

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the current Flavor-of-the-Day and not surprisingly it resulted in the Mirai botnet commandeering 100,000 of these unsecured devices and launching massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.  First in October 2016, one of these massive DDoS attacks knocked the entire Internet offline for a few hours. Then on the last weekend of November 2016, another massive attack knocked more than 900,000 broadband routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom users in Germany offline.

Mirai Botnet is getting stronger and more notorious each day that passes by.  The reason: Insecure Internet-of-Things Devices.

Last month, the Mirai botnet knocked the entire Internet offline for a few hours, crippling some of the world's biggest and most popular websites.

Now, more than 900,000 broadband routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom users in Germany knocked offline over the weekend following a supposed cyber-attack, affecting the telephony, television, and Internet service in the country.

The German Internet Service Provider, Deutsche Telekom, which offers various services to around 20 Million customers, confirmed on Facebook that as many as 900,000 customers suffered Internet outages on Sunday and Monday.

Millions of routers are said to have vulnerable to a critical Remote Code Execution flaw in routers made by Zyxel and Speedport, wherein Internet port 7547 open to receive commands based on the TR-069 and related TR-064 protocols, which are meant to use by ISPs to manage your devices remotely.

 

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