Discuss: Linksys Router Worm

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February 21, 2014 at 05:19:54
Specs: Windows 7, 1.4 GHz / 5610 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news of a new piece of malware that targets Linksys routers. Discuss here if you've ever thought about your router being hacked, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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February 21, 2014 at 08:09:43
I had a Linksys router many years ago and it lasted a long time. I bought a spare and left it in the box for over a year. When I went to set it up, it didn't work and was out of warranty. I now use Netgear routers and have had good luck with them so far. The only worms I am concerned about is the ones I use to go fishing.

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February 21, 2014 at 13:38:16
Router is now part of the cable Gateway from WOW. Now made by Linksys.

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February 22, 2014 at 15:28:56
Mine is also integrated with the cable modem but it's a netgear provided by my ISP. Call me paranoid but one of the first things I did was to change the SSID and password and the second was to make sure remote admin was disabled.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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February 25, 2014 at 06:22:57
I have two SOHO router's and my own UNIX based firewall/router. Both SOHO's are Linksys running Tomato (Linux based) firmware.

If you make it past the router connected directly to my modem, then you'll have to deal with the UNIX firewall which sits between it and the rest of my LAN. Good luck with that.......LOL

A quick read of the linked article and I see, "turning off any remote-administration feature in your router's settings will prevent the worm from being able to attack in the first place" As a rule of thumb, remote admin is always turned off on my routers. That's one of the first things I ensure when beginning setup on them.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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February 25, 2014 at 12:09:32
Ha! Linksys worm? Assuming that it has to do with the firmware and not a hardware weakness, no problem here, as I flash everything with DD-WRT. Besides, I do a lockdown of all the ports other than the ones I need, and usually only let ports/devices through on a case-by-case basis.

Not everyone can decipher Klingon script...
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