Default Passwords Just Took Down the Internet

This is just the first of many exploits to be carried out from devices with default passwords. I’ve been saying this for years–that we will see massive attacks and outages, carried out from seemingly harmless devices like DVRs, Webcams, Printers, and other Internet-connected devices.

Managed SecurityIt’s scary to think that over 3 million devices have default passwords, and are therefore, vulnerable to exploitation. Last week, over 1 million DVRs and Webcams fell under the control of hackers that took down sites like Twitter, Spotify, CNN, and more.

Devices like Network Printers, Webcams and the like, are silent threats on your network. Aside from most having default administrative passwords, many contain firmware-embedded passwords that are impossible to change.

“It’s remarkable that virtually an entire company’s product line has just been turned into a botnet that is now attacking the United States,”

What we need to remember is that security is key. Devices that do not have proper authentication configurations are #1 on the list for potential exploitation. All the antivirus and security software in the world can’t save you from default admin account passwords. It may be in your best interest to have your network evaluated for devices with default passwords and have them changed immediately. If you would like more information, feel free to Contact Us.


This article at Krebson Security has more information:

Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage

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