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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 03:51    Post_subject:  Telstra routers vulnerable to attack  

Telstra broadband routers vulnerable to attack.

" Australia's largest telco urges customers to apply patch.

Hardcoded usernames and passwords have been discovered in a
recent line of Telstra broadband routers that could allow attackers
access to customer networks. "


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Ray MK

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 19:19    Post_subject:  

Hi Chris
Have you seen this?
regards - ray

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2012, 15:09    Post_subject:  

Ray MK wrote:

Have you seen this?

The article is certainly an eye opener but something does not add up.
The author first states that Microsoft products don't even feature on the top 10
but then goes on to write that most if not all of the top 10 software with
security holes " Allow obtaining remote access to a system and run arbitrary code using the privileges of a local user account."

I'm willing to bet that this applies to Windows machines and not Linux ones.
So what if Win7 and 8 are more secure if the other software running on it
have more holes then Swiss cheese.

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2012, 15:43    Post_subject:  

i keep telling people that every communications device that is sold to the public has hardware/ software backdoors, its a requirement by law in most countries around the world.

it doesnt even matter if your country doesnt have such laws, if you buy your hardware/ software from a country that does enforce such things then your still boned.

you can only hope to keep average civilians out of your network. There are companies that specialize in selling software packages that let you access networked devices similar to the way high end law enforcement does. It will cost you $250,000 but it does exist. I dont know the legality of such things but they exist.

i think the only security people can be sure of is keeping average joe out of your wireless network with an encrypted password. The rest is pointless, if a hacker wants to he can mess up your network at will. The thing is that average people dont have anything interesting to steal or sabotage. Having nothing of useful interest to a hacker is your only protection.

Then there is the government(s) and you cant hide anything from them. The backdoors are there but they dont even need to know the particular details of any back door, they are there and the government user can simply access your mobile phone/ internet connected ipad/ computer etc with a click of a button.

the only way to stop the government listening to you in your own house in talking distance to your cell/ mobile phone is to remove the battery. Even if its turned off, the mic is still transmitting. The same is true for webcams and mics on your laptop/ desktop computer system. The general public is conditioned to think that the light next to the camera on your webcam tells you if its activated or not. This is a deliberate tactic. Everyone is like "but the little green or blue light on the webcam isnt on, so its completely impossible for anyone to see me..." if you want privacy, then manually remove the microphone in your laptop and put some tape over the webcam.

find out what the laws are in your country. its illegal to have communications device that doesnt have a backdoor to let the government listen to you or see you.

security is completely pointless. simply dont connect a computer with important or sensitive information to the internet or broadcast your network all over town via wifi.
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2012, 17:09    Post_subject:  

Have to agree with sickgut.

Even if a communications device like a mobile phone didn't have a built in back door,
most countries insist that all service providers (internet and email included)
provide a means for interception of that data/voice/video, and since you have
to use a service provider, they have it all.

The only real way to disable a built-in webcam and microphone on a laptop
is to stick something over the camera (like insulation tape or a stick-it note)
and connect a 3.5mm stereo jack with nothing connected to it to the MIC input connection.

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