Is someone trying to hack into my router

April 13, 2013 at 09:15:43
Specs: Ubuntu studio 12.04, 3.2ghz/4gb
For quite a few months the wireless icon has been flashing orange sometimes and then goes off. Its all rather random. I tried to find out for months was someone trying to hack the wifi part of the router but got no straight answers. I even rang Belkin and they were really not a lot of help. Now today things changed a bit. I noticed when i started tonight session the internet browsing was very slow and the orange light was flashing on the router. Tried to talk on skype to someone and the audio was garbled. Cant think of the right term. Well i could hear the person on the other end ok and they complained they couldn't hear me very well. They were on a landlne phone. I had troubel with carious websites not loading very well and some not viewable at all. I noticed that sometimes the light flashing thing seemed to correspond with whatever i was doing. Hard to explain. Sometimes the orange light stops flashing and goes to blue which means it has made a connection as on the rare occassion i use wifi. For whatever reason it does not matter. I mainly use ethernet for my two machines. Wifi is just for when i want to download something onto my iphone as it doesn't have a sim. I googled many times over the months and found this page http://www.fixya.com/support/t56271...
does this disable wifi?
I also rang the isp to see what if any issues there is there and there was a recording that in another state of Australia where i live there was a browser issue. They also had int he recording that there was an unusually high amount of callers and there would be a long wait. I had to hang up as the call was going to be too expensive. Anyway concered that someone is using my internet usage which isn't much. We have expensive deals in australia and i can't afford to have my router taken over and usage go to someone else. Anyway not sure if i have included everything. If i have to i can video and upload footage of what this router is doing . Ok this is what the router is up to http://youtu.be/goGU36X8CAk

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#1
April 14, 2013 at 16:18:35
Windows Forensics: Have I been Hacked?
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...

Change your router password if it is not strong or still uses the default one.
Hack lets intruders sneak into home routers
http://tinyurl.com/4pz64fc
http://compnetworking.about.com/od/...

Lets run a strong check on the comp.

Please copy & paste instructions into a text file, print/write down steps & info. You will need them, as they are hard to remember, for when you are offline.

6: Run ESET Online Scanner, Copy & Paste the contents of the log please. This scan may take a very long while, so please be patient. Maybe start it before going to work or bed.
http://www.eset.com/us/online-scann...
http://www.eset.com/home/products/o...
You may have to download ESET from a good computer, put it on a thumb drive & run it from there, if your comp is unbootable, or won't let you download.
Create a ESET SysRescue CD or USB drive
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
How do I use my ESET SysRescue CD or USB flash drive to scan and clean my system?
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
Configure ESET this way & disable your AV.
http://i.imgur.com/3U7YC.gif
How to Temporarily Disable your Anti-virus
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
Why Would I Ever Need an Online Virus Scanner?
I already have an antivirus program installed, isn't that enough?
http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-fre...
Once onto a machine, malware can disable antivirus programs, prevent antimalware programs from downloading updates, or prevent a user from running antivirus scans or installing new antivirus software or malware removal tools. At this point even though you are aware the computer is infected, removal is very difficult.
5: Why does the ESET Online Scanner run slowly on my computer?
If you have other antivirus, antispyware or anti-malware programs running on your computer, they may intercept the scan being performed by the ESET Online Scanner and hinder performance. You may wish to disable the real-time protection components of your other security software before running the ESET Online Scanner. Remember to turn them back on after you are finished.
17: How can I view the log file from ESET Online Scanner?
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
http://www.eset.com/home/products/o...
The ESET Online Scanner saves a log file after running, which can be examined or sent in to ESET for further analysis. The path to the log file is "C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt". You can view this file by navigating to the directory and double-clicking on it in Windows Explorer, or by copying and pasting the path specification above (including the quotation marks) into the Start ? Run dialog box from the Start Menu on the desktop.
If no threats are found, you will simply see an information window that no threats were found.
http://www.trishtech.com/security/s...


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#2
April 15, 2013 at 08:26:40
Oh maybe i should have mentioned i primarily use Linux. I just thought that someone was using my router to get free internet usage...sorry maybe the terms i used or the way i phrased it wasn't right

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#3
April 15, 2013 at 08:49:11
One look up your router model, not shown here. In the manual that you can download it does tell you what the indicator lights mean. If your concern is the wifi, depending on how much you use your phone, you can simply disable the wifi portion of the router then their is no signal. If you need wifi available, change the passphrase and use wpa2, you will need to input the new passphrase(code) into your wireless devices. Changing the actual router log in username and password from the defaults is a must, it will keep crooks guessing the defaults and changing your router settings. Lastly you can check the router logs for activity. If your wifi is secured I doubt anyone is using it and that you need to read the manual and find out what the lights are telling you. Could be the router dropping the signal and reconnecting, could be the routers own activity. Could be many things but by changing default log in to the router and using a good passphrase you change once and awhile is good insurance. Use mac filtering so the router only allows computer with a known mac addy to connect.

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#4
April 15, 2013 at 09:03:58
Yes i looked at the manual but i am not knowledgeable enough to understand it. Thats why i rang Belkin and they were not precise enough when answering me. I think they just were not that expert. Not that i am he he. Yes changing thr password would be a good idea. Yes it is wpa2. What i don't know how to do now is to disable to wifi. I couldn't find that info either. I rarely connect anything via wifi but it is useful sometimes. I am fixing a laptop right now for a friend and if it has a wifi card in it i will have to test it after i install linux ofcourse :0)
Yeah no its not a dropping connection or reconnecting thing...its definately someone doing something with the wif. That icon light is for wifi only and the ethernet lights are different. I have my windows machine and 2 ethernet security cameras attached to this router also. The windows machine is not on most of the time and the net connection is on even rarer. Only to get essential updates and to also update the antivirus program.
Ok mac filtering i don't know what that is. I know these untis have mac address but don't know anything beyond that

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#5
April 17, 2013 at 20:21:33
Well i haven't been able to get anywhere so will change the password as i can't seem to find out how to disable the wifi part of the modem. I enabled it some months ago but can't remember how i even did that. I looked at the manual on the Belkin website and can't find the info there either. Someone has been using my data as i just got an email from my isp saying i was close to the data limit for this month.
I would like to know about the mac filtering and will try and find time to google how to find the mac addresses on whatever devices. Like my phone i guess? I think i have seen it somewhere in the phone.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#6
April 17, 2013 at 20:37:22
mac filtering is your next best step.

Goodluck


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#7
April 18, 2013 at 10:02:06
Gee i just got notified that my usage for this month is nearly finished too :0( OK will try and find time for the mac filtering :0)

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#8
April 20, 2013 at 03:17:50
Hi ok i put in the mac address of my blackberry first and that seemed to work. I seem as that is not really the phone i use for wifi as it has heaps of data on it and i don't know how to turn off the normal data account. Anyway then i tried with the iphone i have but it didn't work. The iphone i mainly use with wifi. Now am i supposed to separate the mac address in the list in the routers settings? with a commar?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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