Hackers Attacking Routers In Greater Numbers - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Hackers Attacking Routers In Greater Numbers

Hacking routers isn't as widespread as hacking servers, but poor security practices with routers could change that.

Slapdash router security may become a major point of attack, warns the government-funded security watchdog group, CERT/CC. According to Kevin J. Houle, leader of the CERT/CC Incident Response Team, if attacks target routers, which largely help drive network traffic, the impact on Internet performance could be substantial.

Houle explains that, although the tactic of hacking routers hasn't become widespread, it's the beginning of a new phenomenon. "We're getting reports of routers being compromised by intruders, routers being deployed and compromised with weak or default passwords, and the availability of public resources helping to instruct novices how to exploit router security weaknesses," he says.

Although hackers have yet to publish automated tools that would enable hackers to commandeer multiple routers into a distributed denial-of-service attack, Houle says that such tools are possible, and he wouldn't be surprised to see them surface in the future.

"The main message here is to educate security professionals that their routers may become a primary target in future attacks, potentially choking their network traffic. They need to watch routers just as closely as they watch their network and servers," Houle advises.

As with securing servers, security administrators need to turn off any functions or services not needed by the router, select difficult-to-guess passwords, and encrypt communications used to manage or change router settings over the Internet.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
News
COVID-19: Using Data to Map Infections, Hospital Beds, and More
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/25/2020
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
Slideshows
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll