Cyber Strategies for a World at War

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Wi-Fi security: When the router is the weak link

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(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

Routers are supposed to be the first line of defence against hackers and malware. But, sometimes, they turn out to be the weak link and recent news headlines showed that even the latest routers can come with security flaws.

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took network-equipment maker D-Link to court in the United States for failing to take reasonable steps to protect its routers and Web cameras from unauthorised access, an allegation denied by the firm.

Last year, Asus settled with the FTC over charges of security flaws in its routers. Last month, several popular Netgear routers were found to have a critical vulnerability that can be exploited by malicious websites.

Hackers have, in the past, seized on such vulnerabilities in routers, turning them into bots to be used in cyber attacks.

Infected routers, as well as Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as…

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