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postheadericon Router News Round-Up: Kaspersky Labs, Russian Malware and More

FlashRouters News Round-Up: Kaspersky Labs banned from U.S. Government facilities, Russian malware in Netgear routers, and more.

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postheadericon FlashRouters Cyber Security News Roundup – June 2016

From Google to the Air Force, find out about all of the latest cyber security news of June 2016.

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postheadericon Router Hacking & CyberSecurity News Roundup

Routers with weak firmwares are getting hacked left and right. Here’s some of the latest cybersecurity news on the subject and what you can do to stay safe.

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postheadericon Firmware Flaws News Roundup From FlashRouters

Firmwares are failing left and right. FlashRouters brings you all the latest news on the subject, and lets you know how to keep your online data safe.

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postheadericon Latest FlashRouters Hacking and Cyber Security News Roundup (September/October 2015)

The most important stories you need to know from the world of cybersecurity and router related news this month.

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postheadericon Router Hacking News Roundup

FlashRouters collects the latest router hacking news.

Router Hacking News Roundup

One of our primary goals at FlashRouters is to provide our customers with the most secure wireless devices that money can buy. In an age where invasive governments and cybercriminals are only becoming more and more bold, we consider it a sacred duty.

And we’re going to keep on keeping on with that aforementioned goal as a guiding principle, especially considering that there seems to be disturbing news about router hacking every other week. In fact, we’ve collected some of the most recent stories, just to give you an idea of the sort of vulnerabilities exist out there.

But before we get to that, we insist on reminding you that with the right FlashRouter and the right VPN service provider on your side, you can avoid losing sleep about the security of your banking information, e-mails, and other sensitive online data. In fact, we have a whole best-sellers list full of terrific choices for the more conscientious online denizen.

Anyway, onto the news…

Router Hacking News

Router DNS Attack Brings Pornography and Game Ads to Popular Websites – Let’s start by looking at a router attack that is particularly mischievous. Hackers have figured out a way to confuse routers into sending incorrect DNS results. Many websites use Google Analytics, and this hack basically bypasses Google Analytics and sends faulty code instead, the result of which is pornography and game ads popping up on your screen that seem to originate from popular websites, but are instead coming from a hacked router.

Routers Provided By ISPs Vulnerable to HacksDon’t assume a router provided by your Internet Service Provider is necessarily safe; in fact, more than 700,000 of the ADSL routers ISPs provide are not. A “directory traversal” flaw in a firmware component called webproc.cgi that exists in these routers has a major vulnerability that allows would-be hackers to find your administrative credentials. Suffice to say, at that point, the router and your network are no longer within your control.

Common Hotel Routers Supremely Hackable – We’re going to get deeper into this one in an upcoming post, but the invaluable security firm Cylance has discovered a flaw in routers used by 8 of the 10 biggest hotel chains in the world. In addition to allowing attackers to download malware to your devices, this flaw gives potential attackers access to your data transmissions, and even the hotel’s keycard and reservation system. Sadly, security experts are pretty certain that most hotels will do little to correct this issue.

12 Million Home and Business Routers Vulnerable to Critical Hijacking HackWhile we’re on the subject of routers that are both common and problematic, here’s a bug, humorously dubbed “Misfortune Cookie”, that has shown up in devices from companies like Linksys, D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE, and ZyXEL. The issue is in the “RomPager” software, and apparently could allow hackers to gain administrative control and mess with the devices memory.

Feds Warn Airlines to Watch Out for Passengers Hacking Jets – And for our final story in this section, we figured we ought to go ahead and scare the daylights out of you. Terrifyingly, the FBI and the TSA have issued a warning to airlines, asking them to be on the lookout for anyone who might be trying to hack an airplane’s wireless network, and thus commandeer, say, the plane’s navigation system. Reassuringly, the FBI and the TSA claim that these threats are merely theoretical, and as of yet, they have no information that suggests a hacker could actually pull this off.

And Now (Because You’ve Earned It) the Lighter Side of Router News

The Star Trek USS Entepreise WiFi Router

The Star Trek Router (photo from Gizmodo)

Some Guys Decked Out Their Router Like The USS Enterprise (And You Can Too) – A couple of enterprising (forgive us) fellas have figured out a fairly basic way to have their router integrated into a model of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise. It looks pretty damn cool and not all that hard to arrange for yourself. There. Doesn’t that feel a little better after all of the danger and terror documented in the stories above?

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postheadericon FlashRouters’ Security & Internet Privacy News Roundup (April 2014)

Internet Privacy and Online Security News

FlashRouters’ Internet Privacy & Online Security News Roundup

In the ever-shifting landscape of internet privacy and online security, it’s important to stay informed. You can never really predict what form of malevolent online forces will take. Technologies specifically designed to increase internet security can be the perfect solution one day and totally invalid the next.

That’s why we’re happy to do this Internet Privacy & Online Security news roundup; in the interest of keeping our customers and readers fully aware of what new or recurring dangers exist on the web and offering the best possible solutions to maintain the integrity of their networks.

Top Internet Privacy & Online Security News Stories

Governmental Snooping Stories

NSA’s UK Partner Targets German Companies (CNET) – It’s been revealed that the NSA’s UK counterpart, the British Government Communications Headquarters (or the GCHQ), has been spying on German internet companies. Much like many of the similar revelations we’ve seen in the last year, these come straight out of the leaked Snowden files.

President Obama Calls for an End to NSA Bulk Data Collection (New York Times) – In related news, perhaps finally galled by the extent of the NSA’s tremendously invasive breaches of privacy, President Obama is calling for an end to the security agency’s bulk data collection. It’s certainly a move in the right direction.

China Tightens Internet Security to Protect from US Cyber Attacks  (Reuters) – Despite President Obama’s vows, China has developed a little edginess about the NSA’s roving eye, and has decided to beef up their internet security. China reportedly made this decision in light of the revelation that the NSA managed to infiltrate the servers at Huawei Technologies Co. The Chinese Defense Ministry claims this move laid “bare the United States’ hypocrisy and despotic rule.” Let that one sink in for a while.

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FlashRouters Internet Privacy Roundup: Governmental Snooping

Turkey Hijacks Google’s Internet Domain (The Sydney Morning Herald) – Google has accused Turkey of redirecting users away from their site and sending them to Turkish servers that serve as phony version of Google. This is, of course, all part of Turkey’s larger plan to limit the free web activity of their citizens, a plan which has thus far included banning YouTube (for sharing incriminating audio files of a Turkish state security meeting, involving plans to invade Syria) and Twitter (as we’ll discuss more below).

Government-Sponsored Hackers Attack Journalists (CNET) – Google security engineers Shane Huntley and Morgan Marquis-Boire recently spoke at the Black Hat hackers conference in Singapore and revealed that 21 of the 25 top news organizations in the world have been targeted by hackers. Though there’s no confirmation of this, Huntley and Marquis-Boire seemed fairly certain that these hackers are working on behalf of governments searching for information.

Why Privacy Is Actually Thriving (Wired) – Okay, this one isn’t really news, but Wired’s Nathan Jurgenson wrote an op-ed claiming that the ways in which we use social media to constantly reveal things about ourselves doesn’t really limit our privacy so much as re-contextualize it. It’s worth a read.

Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time (Gizmodo) – This one has the benefit of being both terrifying and kind of cool: Kasperkspy Labs has developed an interactive map that allows you watch every cyber attack across the globe as it’s happening. Obviously, the implications are scary, but damn, if they didn’t create a really cool looking map.

Technology Fights Back (For the Most Part)

Turks Circumventing Twitter Ban with a Simple App (Tech-World) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may need to figure out another way to limit his citizen’s right to free speech (that’s meant as mocking sarcasm, not a real suggestion), as his critics are proving resilient against his attempts to shut down Twitter in Turkey. By using a simple security and internet privacy Google Chrome app, ZenMate, Turkish citizens are bypassing Erdogan’s censorial decrees. Others are relying on VPNs (such as our good friends at Overplay or HideMyAss) to get around this ban.

No-Card-No-Button ATMs (ZDNET) – Click on the link and watch a video of one of these things in action. Diebold has taken the ATM card and all of the buttons out of the ATM scenario, opting instead to allow users with smartphones to simple perform all of their ATM tasks through their phones. There are any number of benefits to this, such as being able to allow other people to use your ATM account by putting them through a brief, but safe, verification process.

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FlashRouters Internet Privacy Roundup: Dirigible Drones

Dirigible Drones (Wired) – On the less promising front, here we have StratoBus, a dirigible drone the length of a football field that is designed to hover 13 miles up. On the plus side, StratoBus is a satellite meant to reinforce communications, facilitate navigation. But, of course, there’s also the more sinister element that involves surveillance and the admittedly often beneficial world of border security monitoring. Whatever you focus on, a hundred yard dirigible drone just sounds ominous.

 And Finally…

Thank Plato for Encryption (Slate) – A video from the Royal Institution (animated by 12foot6 and Phoebe Halstead) demonstrates the ways in which the ancient Greeks set into motion every mathematically-reliant technological advance we have in our midst today, including encryption. Take a look below:

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postheadericon Internet Privacy & Network Security News Roundup – Early 2014

Privacy Roundup

Privacy Roundup

2013 featured no shortage of news stories related to privacy and privacy invasion, as we’re sure you noticed. Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks and all of the subsequent stories that branched off from them made the amount and extremity of government snooping quite clear (that’s to say nothing of major personal security breaches, like those that occurred on Target’s watch).

So aside from validating all of the fears of the extremely paranoid, the NSA PRISM program also set a lot of people with reasonable fears about personal security and privacy on considerable edge, us included (we like to think we belong in the latter category). In that spirit, we thought it might be a good idea to resurrect our old privacy link roundups. After all, while our President may be promising to review the effects of the Big Data leaks, we think it’s good to stay vigilant and hyper-aware of the potential threats to our privacy and security on a seemingly daily basis.

Top Internet Privacy News Stories of 2014

Privacy Link Roundup - Google Chrome Bug

Privacy Link Roundup – Google Chrome Bug

Google Chrome Eavesdropping Bug – A pretty major bug has been discovered in Google Chrome – it would basically allow a malicious website to access your computer’s microphone and listen to it long after you’ve left the original site – and it would seem that Google has yet to do anything about it, despite having long since developed a patch for the issue.

President Obama to Review Impact of Big Data – We alluded to this one above, and the title pretty much says it all. Nonetheless, it’s heartening to learn that the President is willing to, at the very least, examine the potentially troubling affects of allowing federal agencies and major communications corporations unfettered access to the citizenry’s private information.

A Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer for the NSA – As part of the NSA’s Minor-And-Ceremonial-Demonstrations-of-Good-Faith program, the massive intelligence agency has hired a Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer (CLPO) to protect the very ideas inherent in the job title. The new hire, Rebecca Richards of the Homeland Security Privacy Office, is due to start the job next month.

Verizon’s First Transparency Report – And while we’re on the subject of major communications corporations and privacy, Verizon has released their first transparency report which details all of the requests for information they’ve received from government agencies. The staggering numbers include 164,000 subpoenas and 36,000 warrants.

A Possible Plea Bargain for Snowden?

A Possible Plea Bargain for Snowden?

A Possible Plea Bargain for Snowden? – Slate considers the circumstances around the President’s (and Attorney General Eric Holder’s) recent public consideration of a plea deal for famed NSA leaker, Edward Snowden. It’s unlikely that this signals that President Obama or Holder respect Snowden’s brave choice to leak classified information, and are more likely fearful of what else he might leak if a bargain isn’t reached.

Why, Oh Why, Do People Still Use These Passwords? – We know we’re more invested in the business of online security than most, but c’mon people: if you’re still using “Password” as your password, we’re not sure we can help you anymore.; That said, we’re glad something else has overtaken it for worst password (please stop using “123456″).

Angry Birds Say They Won’t Share Your Data – Rovio, the makers of the immensely popular Angry Birds game, are outright denying sharing your information with the NSA, although they do allow that their third-party ad networks might be used by governmental agencies to collect user data. Rovio says they will reevaluate whether or not they should continue using these ad agencies.

One More Snowden Story, We Promise – According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the British government is more than capable of spying on some of the most popular social media sites in the world, such as YouTube and Facebook. What is the name of this insidious and secretive monitoring program. You guessed it: Squeaky Dolphin (you didn’t guess it. Who could?).

Would You Allow the Police to Use Your Security Camera – A proposal from San Jose, Calif., City Councilman San Liccardo requests that citizens register their home security cameras for usage by law enforcement. The idea is that, should a crime commit around the area of your home security camera, the police could then use the feed from your house to determine what occurred. Unsurprisingly, some are taking issue with this proposal.

Tor Exit Relays Spying on Traffic – From Threat Post: “Researchers from Karlstad University in Sweden published a paper this week examining the malicious behavior of some Tor exit relays and found 25 that were either behaving maliciously, or were misconfigured to the point where they would raise a red flag on the network. The nearly two dozen relays in question are a small fraction of the available exit nodes—as many as 1,000 at a given time—that act as a final gateway for a user’s traffic to pass before it hits the open Internet.”

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