Router Default Passwords Prone To â€œDrive By Pharmingâ€Authors of a proof of concept paper called "Drive By Pharming" say that by viewing a malicious web page users can set off changes in a broadband router or wireless access point, making the computer connected to it susceptible to attack.
The paper, authored by researchers Zulfikar Ramzan, from Symantec, and Markus Jakobsson and Sid Stamm of the Indiana University School of Informatics, shows the dangers of not changing a default password in this important part of connecting to the Internet.
A co-author of the paper, Markus Jakobsson, who was interviewed by BankInfoSecurity.com, noted users will still click on unfamiliar links in messages, no matter about the identity of the sender. Click here to listen to Jakobssonâ€™s podcast interview with BankInfoSecurity.com: https://www.bankinfosecurity.com/podcasts.php?podcastID=11.
Couple this news with a recent phone survey that reveals about one-third of Internet users in the U.S. have used a wireless connection to surf the Web or check e-mail, and the need to reset default settings and passwords on the routers is acute. The survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project showed that 34 percent of Internet users have gone online through Wi-Fi service or a cell phone network, including 27 percent who have logged on from somewhere other than their home or workplace. Three-quarters of the people with both a home wireless network and a laptop computer said they now use their laptop in different parts of the house.