Updating a linksys router
Owners and administrators of Linksys home routers are being advised to update and secure their devices following reports of active attacks on a flaw present in at least two models.
Researchers with the SANS Institutes Internet Storm Center have received reports of mass attacks on a remote access vulnerability in the Linksys E1000 and E1200.
While the exact nature of the flaw being exploited is not yet known, early speculation is that the issue could be related to components using the home network administration protocol (HNAP).
SANS noted that E1200 routers with the latest 2.0.06 firmware version seemed to be immune to the spotted attacks, but the E1000s – which are no longer supported – were not, even with the most recent firmware installed.
The reports, which were noted by an ISP administrator in Wyoming, claim that some customers running the Linksys routers have had their networks compromised.
“All of your information is going to be passing through that router,” says Craig Young, a researcher with the digital security company Tripwire.
Here are links on how to update popular routers from Apple, Asus, D-Link, Linksys, and Netgear.
Young’s advice is to check for updates at least once per quarter.
In October, for example, a pair of university researchers discovered a vulnerability that could allow attackers to access usernames, passwords, credit card details, emails, and more flowing through an encrypted Wi Fi network.
Routers can also be taken over for criminal activities such as illegal downloads and attacks on websites.