Gaping security hole turned 64,000 Time Warner cable modems into hacker prey
Tim Greene reports:
A blogger helping to tune a friend’s wi-fi network uncovered a gaping security hole in Wi-Fi cable modem routers installed in 64,000 Time Warner subscribers’ homes, leaving them open to attack.
Time Warner says that within the past week it has patched the problem until the manufacturer can provide a permanent fix, but before that it had allowed administrative access to the routers. Attackers could then run a variety of programs against these routers, says David Chen in his blog Chenosaurus.
Because the vulnerability let anyone anywhere on the Internet take over control of the router, they could launch attacks from within Time Warner customers’ homes.
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