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Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

Researchers have unveiled 15 zero day vulnerabilities in four home and small business routers as part of the SOHOpelessly Broken hacker competition in DEF CON this week. Four of the 10 routers offered for attack including the ASUS RT-AC66U; Netgear Centria WNDR4700; Belkin N900, and TRENDnet TEW-812DRU were fully compromised. …
Darren Pauli, 13 Aug 2014

Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

Passwords within routers sold by chipset manufacturer Broadcom and another unnamed vendor can be accessed within seconds thanks to weak or absent key randomisation, security bod Dominique Bongard has claimed. The weakness relates to the implementation of WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) which allows attackers to calculate the correct …
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2014

Cisco's first 8 Tbps MONSTER router goes live at Telstra

Ten months after the hype first hit the interwebs, Cisco has started pumping electrons through the first live install of its NCS 6008 giant router, at Australian carrier Telstra. Back in September 2013, the Borg described Telstra as one of the customers “deploying the Cisco NCS”, a statement which in retrospect could be …

WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has said that a network router caused the outage of the messaging service this weekend, just a few days after it was acquired by Facebook. Koum apologised for what he described as the company's "longest and biggest outage in years". "We are sorry about the downtime," he said. "It was caused by a …

Hardwired crypto certificate FAIL bricks Juniper router kit

Sysadmins with older Juniper Networks kit have been left scrambling to keep their networks running after a security certificate expiration bricked their boxen. The issue has been keeping mailing lists like AusNOG and J-NSP busy as users tried to work out whether it was a deliberate strategy to force people off the EOL gear – and …
Illustration of Barak Dayan's photonic router

New photonic router works by flipping reflective atom's lid

Quantum boffins from Israel's Weizmann Institute have demonstrated a two-input/two-output router that works entirely with single photons – no electronics required. It's not the first time a photonic router has been demonstrated, but what's different about the Israeli work is that everything is photonic: the device has two …
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Xiaomi taps the HYPEGEIST with 10 pence DIY Wi-Fi router

What do you get for the geek who has everything this Christmas? Well, if you’re in China and you have 1 yuan (10p) to spare, Xiaomi has just launched in beta a self-assembly smart Wi-Fi router with a 1TB hard drive. Announced by former Android product manager Hugo Barra in a Google+ post on Monday (h/t TechInAsia), the new Mi Wi …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Dec 2013
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Facebook unleashes inter-cache router code on a waiting world

Facebook has slung another slice of code into the open source world: the software that lets it sling content between caches around the world, fast enough to keep The Social NetworkTM social. First discussed last year at Usenix, “Mcrouter” handles “all traffic to, from, and between thousands of cache servers across dozens of …
Linksys WRT1900AC router

Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

Networking gear maker Linksys has resurrected one of its most popular, customizable routers – the WRT54G – with a new version that takes advantage of the latest wireless technologies. The Belkin subsidiary revealed the new device, a spruced-up Wi-Fi router based on its venerable WRT54G design, at the Consumer Electronics Show ( …
Neil McAllister, 07 Jan 2014
Gives you connectivity

New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

With increasing 4G coverage, mobile data is becoming a sensible option for corporates who want resilience for their company networks. This is especially true in major American cities which have more mature 4G coverage than the UK, a stark turnaround from the early days of GSM. Cradlepoint from Idaho has launched a router which …
Simon Rockman, 04 Mar 2014
Design for the  Orp 1 secure router

NSA-busting secure, open, router seeks cash and code from crowd

Australian embedded systems designer Redfish is hoping to attract funding from the crowd to market a secure routing platform that open-sources both the hardware and software to protect users from unwanted snooping. Speaking to The Register ahead of the launch, Redfish managing director Justin Clacherty said the project is …
A boat full of Fail

BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

BT has coughed to a crappy glitch with its Home Hub 3A router that is blocking some VPN connections. However, the one-time state monopoly appears to have taken a long time to acknowledge customer gripes, which have been piling up for weeks. BT said it had taken a while to respond to individual complaints because it was …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2014

Cisco nearly ready with next giant router

Cisco is reportedly close to pushing the start button on manufacturing for a router to surpass its current CRS-3 core router. According to Light Reading, which says it's seen a Cisco document outlining the as-yet-unannounced “CTR” router, the new iron will support 1 Tbps per 10x100 Gbps ports slot. That would put the per-slot …

ZyXEL router attack: HUNDREDS of Brit biz bods knocked offline

Hackers have launched an internet attack which has hobbled the internet connections of at least 100 British businesses. An unknown group or individual thought to be based in the People's Republic used a SYN flood attack to attack the 600 and 660 models of router from Taiwanese firm ZyXEL. Sources at ZyXEL and the ISP MDNX …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jan 2014
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Tenda seals shut router backdoor found by D-Link hole-prober

Chinese networking manufacturer Tenda has issued a fix that seals up a recently discovered backdoor in its wireless router kit. Craig Heffner, the same researcher who uncovered a backdoor in routers from D-Link, uncovered more secret functionality that ships with Tenda's products. Heffner discovered the flaw after unpacking …
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2013

Have a Linksys router? Now's a good time to update that firmware

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 …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2014

Boffins offer ROUTER DEATHLIST for software-defined network builders

Unless you've got fathomless pockets, a scary aspect of a software-defined networking implementation is the necessity for an infrastructure upgrade, since nobody wants to forklift every router in a big network all at once. Now, a paper co-authored by Nokia Siemens Networks' Marco Hoffmann proposes a set of algorithms to help …
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Oi! You noisy servers! Talk among yourselves and stop bothering that poor router!

The group behind the RDMA over converged Ethernet standard – RoCE to its friends – is tweaking the spec to support UPD and IP in the stack. RDMA - remote direct memory access - has become increasingly important in large-scale data centres, since it lets data move between different servers' user space without having to drop down …
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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

A Wi-Fi security flaw leaves Virgin Media subscribers' wireless connections vulnerable to takeover by hackers. The vulnerability, identified by IT consultant Paul Moore, means Virgin Media Superhub router/modem combo devices leak users' passwords every time they reboot. The issue arises because the Netgear-manufactured device …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014
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Netgear router admin hole is WIDE OPEN, but DON'T you dare go in, warns infosec bod

Netgear has promised to release a patch next month to fix a recently discovered vulnerability that lets attackers take control of unguarded kit. Security flaws in the firmware that ships with the latest versions of Netgear's WNDR3700 wireless router mean that miscreants can bypass authentication before accessing the …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2013
Borg

Photonic router vendor exits stealth-mode, sparks hypegasm

Without the obligatory hype from the "every great business starts with venture capital" press, it is an interesting proposition: that turning integrated electro-optical chips into the basis of a router yields a faster device that's smaller, uses less power, and generates less heat. That's what's being claimed by US-Israeli …

Rackspace floats virty router and firewall into its clouds

Moving to clouds should mean breaking free of all kinds of specific hardware devices and running as much software as possible on generic virtual machines – which is why Rackspace Hosting is partnering with Brocade Communications to bring its Vyatta vRouter software to its public and private clouds. Brocade has been gradually …
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D-Link: Oops! We'll slam shut that router backdoor by end of month

D-Link has promised to close its routers' backdoors by Hallowe'en, following revelations that many of its consumer-grade devices accept unauthenticated access to its admin Web page. As reported here yesterday, a researcher at /DEV/TTYS0 blog unpacked the firmware of a number of D-Link devices, finding that if a browser presented …
Belkin Dual-Band Travel Router

Belkin Dual-Band Travel Router

The premise behind Belkin’s dual-band travel router is simple: you arrive at a hotel with multiple devices capable of connecting to the internet over Wi-Fi, but there’s only one connection in the room and it’s Ethernet-shaped. The solution: this boy, which allows you to set-up a 2.4GHz and/or 5GHz wireless network in the room. …
Kenny Hemphill, 19 Mar 2012
Flytrap

Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

A router-to-router bot first detected two years ago has evolved - and now has the capability to reconfigure the firewalls of its victims. The Lightaidra malware captured by security researcher TimelessP (@TimelessP) is an IRC-based mass router scanner/exploiter that's rare because it spreads through consumer network devices …
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2014
Buffalo AirStation 1750 WZR-D1800H-EU

Buffalo drops 802.11ac '5G Wi-Fi' router into Blighty

Buffalo's next-gen Wi-Fi router is now available to buy in the UK, though only from two retailers. The AirStation 1750 - aka the WZR-D1800H-EU - supports the 802.11ac standard, which operates in the 5GHz band to provide speeds of up to 1.3Gb/s. Buffalo AirStation 1750 WZR-D1800H-EU It also supports 450Mb/s - if your client …
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2012
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Huawei reaches out to critical German hacker over router flaws

Huawei’s efforts to improve its information security credentials have appeared to receive a boost after CISO John Suffolk revealed the Chinese tech giant is engaging with a researcher who exposed flaws in some of its routers. Former UK government CIO Suffolk told Reuters at a security summit in New Delhi that he's sending a team …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Nov 2012
Huawei

Huawei looking into critical router flaw claims

Chinese telecoms kit maker Huawei has said it is investigating claims by researchers that two of its router products contain serious vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to remotely take control of the devices. Felix Lindner and Gregor Kopf of Berlin-based Recurity Labs announced their findings at the Defcon hacking show at …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Aug 2012
Brute Force

Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers

A popular Brazilian newspaper has been hacked by attackers who used code that attacked readers' home routers, says researcher Fioravante Souza of web security outfit Sucuri. Attackers implanted iFrames into the website of Politica Estadao, which, when loaded, began brute force password guessing attacks against users. Souza says …
Darren Pauli, 15 Sep 2014
The Register breaking news

Router crash downs CloudFlare services

During Sunday, US time, prominent Web services outfit CloudFlare sent an instruction to its routers in response to an attempted DoS, and instead took down its own network. In a rare example of detailed disclosure, the company has posted an explanation of what happened here. The network collapse occurred, the company explains, …
D-Link DHP-1565 802.11n router with powerline ethernet

D-Link DHP-1565 802.11n router with integrated powerline

Running network traffic over the data-unfriendly environment of mains wiring is a trick Reg Hardware has been enthusing about for some years now. Only once in that time has anyone integrated it into another product. That, to refresh your memory, was a power brick Netgear put out for its routers. It was a standard AC adaptor with …
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Google offers opt-out from Wi-Fi router location database

Google has given the owners of Wi-Fi routers around the world the right to opt out of a registry that the search giant uses to locate mobile phone users. Currently Google uses location data tied to the unique codes of residential Wi-Fi routers to help triangulate the location of mobile devices. Google made the change …
Anna Leach, 15 Sep 2011
The Register breaking news

Cisco puts a virty router in the clouds

Nothing is what it appears to be in the data center any more. Servers have integrated storage and switching, routers and switches are getting servers. And virtual switches and now virtual routers are running inside of servers and blade enclosures. Nothing seems to know its proper place any more. Maybe it is convergence. Maybe …
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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

Gird your loins router-makers: a throng of hackers are set to pry apart your woefully insecure hardware in a competition to expose bad firmware and hard-coded credentials. The competition will take place at the DEF CON 22 conference and glories in the name "SOHOpelessly Broken". The event is the brainchild of the Electronic …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2014

Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

The developer behind Tor privacy router Anonabox has defended the product — which has so far attracted $600,000 in crowd funding — following allegations it was little more than a commercial off-the-shelf circuit board. August Gemar asked for $7,500 via Kickstarter to build the open source router box commercially. Accusations …
Darren Pauli, 16 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

Google has magnanimously offered to ignore Wi-Fi hotspots that have been renamed with a trailing "_nomap" to let the snoops know what you don't want them to know. Google logs the location of Wi-Fi routers to aid its location pinpointing services, as knowing the nearest router can provide a coarse location as well as making it …
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2011
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Securobods warn of wide open backdoor in Netis/Netcore routers

Routers sold under the brand Netis by Chinese security vendor Netcore have a hardcoded password that leaves users with a wide-open backdoor that could easily be exploited by attackers, claim researchers. The backdoor allows cyber-criminals to easily change settings or run arbitrary code on routers, securobods at Trend Micro warn …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2014
Grumpy cat

Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

Virgin Media has declined to comment on yet another DNS outage that hit some of its subscribers on Monday night. The telco, when quizzed by The Register, admitted that it had suffered yet more downtime woe but refused to explain what was behind the company's recent network wobbles. A spokesman at the Liberty Global-owned cable …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jul 2014
The Register breaking news

Router glitch causes widespread net outages

Internet services throughout North America and Europe saw widespread outages and slowdowns on Monday after backbone provider Level 3 Communications suffered a global failure, network providers said. Time Warner Cable in the US, Research in Motion services for BlackBerry subscribers, and UK ISPs Eclipse Internet, Easynet, and …
Dan Goodin, 07 Nov 2011
OSR_schematic

Hey, VMware. You've got competition – from a Belgian upstart

Belgian startup incubator CloudFounders has an open source project to provide an networked object storage backend to VMware or KVM virtual machines using a VSAN-like Open vStorage Router (OSR). OSR is a VMware VM, or runs on bare metal in a KVM server, and it scales out by having OSR run on additional virtualised servers linked …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014
The Register breaking news

Router-rooting malware pwns Linux-based network devices

Security researchers have discovered a rare strain of router-rooting malware that targets network devices running either Linux or Unix. The malware, which poses as an Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) file, carries out a brute-force attack on router user name-password pairs from compromised PCs. If successful, the malware …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2011

Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

A large number of Belkin routers were knocked off the internet on Tuesday, owing to an as-yet-unexplained glitch. It's not known how many routers were affected, but it was a lot of them and quite possibly worldwide, all at once. Complaints began popping up on Twitter shortly after midnight Eastern time, with some customers …
Neil McAllister, 07 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

Easynet blames network collapse on dodgy router update

Early investigations of a nationwide collapse of the Easynet network have pointed the finger at a software update to a Cisco router. The outage began at 8.32am on Wednesday, and for some customers lasted most of the working day. "An Easynet edge router crashed due to a software bug condition triggered by an invalid update from …
Ghostbusters

BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

BT has been left puzzled after some Infinity customers complained about being abruptly disconnected from the fibre broadband network when using the telco's Home Hub 5 wireless router. The Register heard from one reader who told us that the mysterious disruptions to BT's Infinity service had apparently begun to surface after …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2014
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EFF wants you to open your Wi-Fi to IMPROVE privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants internet users to go back to the turn of the century and open their wireless networks for anyone to connect, in order to enhance privacy. The EFF wants us all to use the OpenWireless initiative's free router firmware, which allows users to create open guest networks that anyone in …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jun 2014

Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

All over the world, systems administrators are scrambling to fix the OpenSSL “Heartbleed” bug. At the same time, certificate sellers are preparing rub currency all over their bodies as Web admins virtually swipe the corporate Amex to revoke and renew their certs. OpenSSL's history reaches back to Eric Young's SSLeay. While it …

Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

BT-owned telco Plusnet has blamed subscribers who use third-party routers for a rise in hostile DNS traffic that has been crashing its way through the ISP's system. The rebuff came after Sheffield-based Plusnet suffered a nasty outage last Tuesday relating to an unspecified "network error". A Reg reader claimed on Sunday, in …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2014

Rival BT sics ad watchdog on EE: ASA growls at 'most reliable broadband' claim

BT has successfully shot down EE's claim in a direct mail ad that it offered "Britain's most reliable broadband for staying connected". The telecoms giant convinced Blighty's advertising watchdog that EE had misled customers in three different ways. BT argued to the Advertising Standards Authority that EE had failed to …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2014
Dogecoin

Network hijacker steals $83,000 in Bitcoin ... and enough Dogecoin for a cup of coffee

Researchers at Dell's SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) have identified an exploit that can be used to steal cryptocurrency from mining pools – and they claim that at least one unknown miscreant has already used the technique to pilfer tens of thousands of dollars in digital cash. The heist was achieved by using bogus Border …
Neil McAllister, 07 Aug 2014

OpenDaylight floats 2.0 'Helium' release

The OpenDaylight foundation has opened the valve and let Helium escape into the software-defined networking (SDN) atmosphere. The combined SDN and network function virtualisation (NFV) platform implements the Apache Karaf container, and claims better integration with the OpenStack environment, and with the Open vSwitch database …