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Houston, Texas (1956) … Tools published that exploit router flaw (December 30, 2011) …item 4.. Hackers continue to exploit outdated browser plug-ins (Posted on 07. Mar, 2012) …
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Typically, it would take a hacker about 100 million tries to crack an eight digit code. But because the router indicates whether or not some digits are correct, that number drops to around 11,000 attempts before access can be gained, according to Viehbock’s research paper.

Once an hacker figures out the PIN, it’s much easier to figure out the router’s password and gain access to the network.
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…..item 1)…. CNET … news.cnet.com … Tools published that exploit router flaw …

by Marguerite Reardon … December 30, 2011 8:32 AM PST ….

Researchers have released two tools that can be used to exploit a vulnerability in a protocol that makes it easier to set up secure home Wi-Fi networks.

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Stefan Viehbock, who first reported the vulnerability to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, released a tool that can crack a home Wi-Fi network in two hours. And Craig Heffner of Tactical Network Solutions, who had been working independently on figuring out the same vulnerability that Viebock reported to US-CERT, has also developed a tool that will allow hackers to gain access to some secure Wi-Fi networks in four to 10 hours. His tool called Reaver is hosted on Google Code.

The vulnerability itself is inherent in the Wi-Fi Protected Set-up protocol. This protocol, which is often bundled into Wi-Fi routers, is designed to allow unskilled home users to set up secure networks using WPA encryption without much hassle. Users are then able to type in a shortened PIN instead of a long pass-phrase when adding a new device to the secure network.

The problem is that when security PINs are entered for access to the network, the router actually lets the user know if has gotten the first or last numbers of the 8-digit code correct. The code that Viehbock and Heffner have written use a brute-force approach, which means different combinations of PINs are tried over and over until one is found that allows the hacker access. This can be done since most routers don’t limit the number of attempts on the passwords used to access the router.

Typically, it would take a hacker about 100 million tries to crack an eight digit code. But because the router indicates whether or not some digits are correct, that number drops to around 11,000 attempts before access can be gained, according to Viehbock’s research paper. Once an hacker figures out the PIN, it’s much easier to figure out the router’s password and gain access to the network.

The security flaw could affect millions of people with Wi-Fi routers in their homes and businesses, since the protocol is integrated into most new wireless routers sold today. The US-CERT warning named all the major wireless router brands: Buffalo, D-Link, Cisco Linksys, Netgear, Technicolor, TP-Link, and ZyXEL.

So far none of these companies have responded to the US-CERT warning with a fix, nor have they provided comment to the press on this situation. CNET reached out to each of these companies. Buffalo and Cisco representatives said they were looking into the issue, but they have still not officially responded.

Viehbock and Heffner say this is why they have published their tools, so that they could draw attention to the issue.

The fix right now is that users can disable the WPS set-up on their routers.
Originally posted at Signal Strength

Marguerite Reardon

Marguerite Reardon has been a CNET News reporter since 2004, covering cell phone services, broadband, citywide Wi-Fi, the Net neutrality debate, as well as the ongoing consolidation of the phone companies.
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…..item 2)…. Yahoo! Finance … finance.yahoo.com/news … If You’re Using ‘Password1,’ Change It. Now.

By Stacy Cowley | CNNMoney.com – 6 hours ago ….. Thursday March 01, 2012 …

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The number one way hackers get into protected systems isn’t through a fancy technical exploit. It’s by guessing the password.

That’s not too hard when the most common password used on business systems is "Password1."

There’s a technical reason for Password1’s popularity: It’s got an upper-case letter, a number and nine characters. That satisfies the complexity rules for many systems, including the default settings for Microsoft’s widely used Active Directory identity management software.

Security services firm Trustwave spotlighted the "Password1" problem in its recently released "2012 Global Security Report," which summarizes the firm’s findings from nearly 2 million network vulnerability scans and 300 recent security breach investigations.

Around 5% of passwords involve a variation of the word "password," the company’s researchers found. The runner-up, "welcome," turns up in more than 1%.

Easily guessable or entirely blank passwords were the most common vulnerability Trustwave’s SpiderLabs unit found in its penetration tests last year on clients’ systems. The firm set an assortment of widely available password-cracking tools loose on 2.5 million passwords, and successfully broke more than 200,000 of them.

Verizon came up with similar results in its 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report, one of the security industry’s most comprehensive annual studies. The full report will be released in several months, but Verizon previewed some of its findings at this week’s RSA conference in San Francisco.

Exploiting weak or guessable passwords was the top method attackers used to gain access last year. It played a role in 29% of the security breaches Verizon’s response team investigated.

[Related: Smartphone Features You Don’t Really Need]

Verizon’s scariest finding was that attackers are often inside victims’ networks for months or years before they’re discovered. Less than 20% of the intrusions Verizon studied were discovered within days, let alone hours.

Even scarier: Few companies discovered the breach on their own. More than two-thirds learned they’d been attacked only after an external party, such as a law-enforcement agency, notified them. Trustwave’s findings were almost identical: Only 16% of the cases it investigated last year were internally detected.

So if your password is something guessable, what’s the best way to make it more secure? Make it longer.

Adding complexity to your password — swapping "password" for "p@S$ w0rd" — protects against so-called "dictionary" attacks, which automatically check against a list of standard words.

But attackers are increasingly using brute-force tools that simply cycle through all possible character combinations. Length is the only effective guard against those. A seven-character password has 70 trillion possible combinations; an eight-character password takes that to more than 6 quadrillion.

Even a few quadrillion options isn’t a big deal for modern machines, though. Using a ,500 computer built with off-the-shelf parts, it took Trustwave just 10 hours to harvest its 200,000 broken passwords.

"We’ve got to get ourselves using stuff larger than human memory capacity," independent security researcher Dan Kaminsky said during an RSA presentation on why passwords don’t work.

He acknowledged that it’s an uphill fight. Biometric authentication, smartcards, one-time key generators and other solutions can increase security, but at the cost of adding complexity.

"The fundamental win of the password over every other authentication technology is its utter simplicity on every device," Kaminsky said. "This is, of course, also their fundamental failing." To top of page
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…..item 3)…. Phantom Report … www.phantomreport.com … Resistance Against the Enemies of Freedom …

China testing cyber-attack capabilities
March 8, 2012 Posted by Phantom Report

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For a decade or more, Chinese military officials have talked about conducting warfare in cyberspace, but in recent years they have progressed to testing attack capabilities during exercises, according to a congressional report to be released Thursday.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) probably would target transportation and logistics networks before an actual conflict to try to delay or disrupt the United States’ ability to fight, according to the report prepared by Northrop Grumman for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

The Chinese military conducted an exercise in October involving “joint information offensive and defensive operations” and another in 2010 featuring attacks on communications command-and-control systems, according to the commission, which was set up by Congress.

Such exercises, combined with evidence that China is streamlining its forces to integrate cyber and electronic warfare and is financing research in the two areas, show that “Chinese capabilities in computer network operations have advanced sufficiently to pose genuine risk to U.S. military operations in the event of a conflict,” the report asserted.

Although the report provides no evidence that China can launch destructive attacks on U.S. targets, it serves as yet another warning to policymakers and the public that the United States has adversaries intent on catching up to, or surpassing, it in cyber capabilities. The report comes as Congress considers major cybersecurity legislation.

Read More: Washington Post
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…..item 4)…. CYBER WAR ZONE … www.cyberwarzone.com … Hackers continue to exploit outdated browser plug-ins

Posted on 07. Mar, 2012 by siavash

Tag: Adobe Shockwave, Android devices, attack vector, blackberry, hackers, iPhone, Malicious URLs Pick a random article for me

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Outdated browser plug-ins continue to be a leading attack vector, according to a recent Zscaler ThreatLabZ report.

Zscaler ThreatLabZ, the research arm of cloud security firm Zscaler, observed that Adobe Shockwave was the most outdated browser plug-in during the third quarter of 2011, with 94% of those installed being outdated.

According to its most recent ‘2011 State of the Web’ report, there was a dramatic shift in the fourth quarter. Shockwave is down to 52% outdated of all installed, and Adobe Reader now tops the list at 61%. Hackers are aware that large amounts of users continue to run outdated plug-ins and use these as an easy attack vector, the report warned.

Botnets comprised the majority of threats seen in December, at 80% of Zscaler blocks. Malicious URLs followed far behind at 14%, while a mere 3% of threats blocked were identified by anti-virus/signature detection.

The report found that enterprises are moving to the more secure Internet Explorer 8. The use of IE 8 has more than doubled in the enterprise over 2011, from 26% of overall IE traffic in January to 55% in December. The report noted that while enterprises are moving to newer and more secure web browsers, IE 9 adoption remains very low.

Overall, IE use in the enterprise followed a slow decline, down to 53% in the fourth quarter from 58% in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Chrome usage saw a big jump from 0.17% of all web browser use in the third quarter to 5% in the fourth quarter, while Safari saw a decline from 7% in third quarter to 4% in the fourth quarter. Firefox usage remained constant at 10%.

In addition, Zscaler ThreatLabZ observed an 85% increase in mobile traffic during the fourth quarter. iPhone and Android devices dominated mobile traffic, accounting for about 87% of such, while Blackberry use fell sharply from 27% to 13% over the quarter.

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Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Amplified Router (R10000)


Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Amplified Router (R10000)


The Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Smart Router provides long range, high performance wireless Internet access over extreme distances. The R10000 is equipped with advanced dual 600mW wireless amplifiers and 5dBi detachable high gain antennas to provide up to 10,000 sq.. of high performance Wi-Fi coverage . The Premium Series Smart Router features ultra fast MIMO Wi-Fi speeds for lag free delivery of HD media, large data files and multiplayer gaming over your network. The High Power Router is great fro providing extreme range Wi-Fi coverage in large homes (and backyards), multi-floor offices or warehouses.

  • Provide wireless internet access over large areas (up to 10,000 sq ft.)
  • Dual 600mW amplifiers and 5dBi antennas penetrate walls and eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots
  • Create wireless networks for guests with restricted access to the Internet
  • Adjust the amount of Wi-Fi coverage available supports WPS One Touch Setup, WPA, WPA2
  • Parental / Security Features, block websites, set schedules for wireless access and grant access to specific users
  • Prioritize Bandwidth (QoS) Eliminate lag for games, VoIP and streaming
  • Smart Firewall Protect your network from intruders
  • Upgradable Antennas Get even more range with high gain antennas

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  1. 31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great product, really great support, December 7, 2011
    By 
    Michael L. Turner “MLT” (Queenstown, MD) –
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    This review is from: Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Amplified Router (R10000) (Personal Computers)

    I bought this to replace a Linksys E3000 which did not have enough range to reach from my office at one end of the house to my bedroom at the other end of the house. I installed it without problem. I ran around the house and yard with my iPad and saw strong signal strength much further away than I experienced with the E3000. Yeeeha! Well, not for long. After my initial signal strength metering excursion, I actually tried to connect to the web from one of the extreme points in the range. No joy. The amplified signal certainly reaches further than the Linksys but (with some education from the Amped Tech support guys) I soon learned that amplified signal strength does nothing to boost signal from the client device back to the router (duuuh!). So this good product did not initially solve the problem that I initially set out to solve. HOWEVER, the Amped support guys helped me devise a solution that DID solve the problem. They helped me repurpose the unit as a wireless Access Point which I hardwired back to the Cisco router via a switch that I have in my TV room (which is centrally located). BINGO! I now have max bars and max connectivity from anywhere in the house and at least 100 feet into the back yard. In hindsight, maybe I ought to have bought an access point in the first place. Regardless, I had this unit and didn’t want to go throught the hassle of shipping it back and waiting for a replacement to save $20.
    Two final points:
    First: Remember that even a 10 megawatt transmitter can’t pick up a signal from a distant hand held client. You need the antenna to be centrally located or need additional access points or repeaters.
    Second: the Amped Wireless Technical Suport team is superb. I worked with Mike, Owen and Anthony. They were all knowledgeable, helpful and patient enough to solve my problem.
    I definately recommend this company and it’s products.

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  2. 30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    More Than Satisfied, November 17, 2011
    This review is from: Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Amplified Router (R10000) (Personal Computers)

    While searching for a powerful router and/or extended wireless network, I came across the Amped Wireless website. In an email with the site they mentioned they were releasing the R10000 router within a month, so I waited. I am glad I did. It’s a simple and small device that I was able to set up in minutes, much faster and easier than any big-name routers. After set up, I connected my iPod Touch and wandered the neighborhood looking for where I would lose the first bar. Luckily, I am friends with my neighbors because I found the first signal loss in their backyard, across the street. From opening the box, I was amazed at how well this router works on every level. I’ve not only recommended to friends and family, I’ve bragged extensively to them about it.

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  3. 17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A strong option for hard to reach places, November 17, 2011
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    I purchased this router as a replacement for my previous D-Link DIR-655 router. The D-Link router worked as advertised but the thick plaster walls in my apartment meant the use of a repeater was necessary to receive functional wireless signal across the premises. Repeaters in my opinion are a recipe for trouble as they introduce yet another component into the mix.

    The Amped Wireless R10000 definitely has a stronger signal than the D-Link and covers a significantly greater portion of my apartment. It has effectively eliminated my need for a repeater which in turn makes the stability of my wireless network greater. I have tested it with a variety of devices and wireless cards (Acer netbook, iPad2, MSI dualnet pci card, and an Amped Wireless UA600 usb wireless adapter) and can confirm that the router’s receive sensitivity is greater than the D-Link as well.

    I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because it is an improvement, but not a panacea. The main areas of my home are now covered with a connection fast and stable enough to watch shows on hulu, youtube, etc. However, certain lesser used areas of my home cannot stream video and are barely fast enough for loading a basic webpage. Moreover, the router only uses the 2.4GHz spectrum and does not provide the final degree of wireless speed that other 802.11n routers may. This was not a concern of mine as I was simply looking for a stable wireless connection first and foremost. I would recommend this product to anyone who’s current router isn’t quite covering the area they need.

    For a point of comparison. I live in a densely populated area in a major United States’ city in a mid-rise building where all my neighbors have wireless access points too.

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