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Home-Based Wireless Routers Notoriously Insecure

Security experts conclude there are so many potential vulnerabilities in home-based wireless routers that it is best to consider them insecure. The issues came to light following the discovery of problems with Linksys routers, which enabled TheMoon worm to infect and thrive on the home hardware. Security researchers found these types of products are shipped with several other bugs that make them open to infection, according to SANS Institute Internet Storm Center researchers Kyle Lovett and Matt Claunch. This includes home routers from Linksys, Cisco and Netgear. Compounding the problem is most consumers don’t know how to properly protect these networks, through which personal and financial information can be sent. In addition to wireless routers, security experts say home networking devices are particularly vulnerable through the Universal Plug and Play protocol. Independent Security Evaluators, a security firm, identified 55 new and undisclosed vulnerabilities in home routers, which led its analysts to conclude few, if any, home routers could be properly secured. (SlashDot)(Symantec Security Focus)(SANS Institute Internet Storm Center) 

Cisco Prepares to Shed Linksys Division

News sources report Cisco is readying to sell Linksys, the technology giant’s consumer networking division. Cisco originally purchased the maker of small office/home office routers and wireless access points in 2003 for US$500 million. Since then, home networking gear has been sold as “Linksys by Cisco” to distinguish those products from Cisco’s enterprise equipment. The divestiture is part of the larger corporate strategy, which moves the company wholly out of consumer products. Bloomberg reports that Barclays PLC has been retained to find a buyer. Analysts say they do not expect Cisco to recoup the original purchase price.
(Ars Technica)(Bloomberg)
News sources report Cisco is readying to sell Linksys, the technology giant’s consumer networking division. Cisco originally purchased the maker of small office/home office routers and wireless access points in 2003 for US$500 million. Since then, home networking gear has been sold as “Linksys by Cisco” to distinguish those products from Cisco’s enterprise equipment. The divestiture is part of the larger corporate strategy, which moves the company wholly out of consumer products. Bloomberg reports that Barclays PLC has been retained to find a buyer. Analysts say they do not expect Cisco to recoup the original purchase price. (Ars Technica)(Bloomberg)

 

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