Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Change the password on your router 

Where your home network meets the outside network, you've got a box of some sort: a wireless access point, a cable modem, or something. It's got a little web page of its own where you can control it. Which you haven't needed to look at since you first set it up, in all probability.

It's time to go back there again, because a theoretical threat has just become a real one, and you need to change the box's password to counter the threat.

Simply by getting you to visit a maliciously coded web page, an attacker can reconfigure your router to redirect connections to your bank over to a phishing site. They have to know the password to make that work, but unless you changed it during setup it's still at a factory default that anyone can look up on the web.

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