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UPC Broadband WiFi Router susceptible to a simple brute force attack

Many Internet users in Ireland are well aware of the Eircom wireless router hack that showed just how easy it would be for someone to compromise the poor security design of some Wifi routers. In Eircom’s case, they were providing all their Broadband customers with routers that could be compromised and accessed by hackers, simply by using the digits of the routers default SSID. Hackers figured out that by using the digits set up by default when you turned on your Eircom wifi router, you could generate the routers password within seconds by compromising the poorly thought out security algorithm.

Now it seems, UPC broadband is the latest Irish broadband provider that could fall foul to potential hackers. It seems our ISPs, in an attempt I can only assume, to make the set up and install of their routers a simple task for their less tech savvy customers – does nothing but create holes for hackers to exploit.

Recently an Irish IT company, discovered that UPC’s broadband routers are susceptible to a brute force attack based on the algorithmn used to generate the passwords that they stick to the back of all their routers.

The hack is definitely not as easy to exploit as the one Eircom introduced, but it’s still very attainable to any serious hacker or even a hobbyist who just wants to leech their neighbours broadband connection.

Check out the article from PlanIT Computing on how UPC’s routers can be exploited and what you can do to prevent an attack on you.

http://www.planitcomputing.ie/blog/?p=325

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WiMax pricing finally released

Image of imagine WiMax from Twitter
Image of imagine WiMax

It’s only 3 weeks late, but Imagine have finally released their much anticipated WiMax Broadband pricing. And after all the hype, it wasn’t something worth waiting for.

Although most press releases this morning mention that Imagine’s WiMax is 50% cheaper than Eircoms equivalent, anyone who has been on the lookout for Broadband recently, knows that Eircom is one of the more expensive offerings. When you compare Imagine’s WiMax with one of their competitors such as UPC / NTL, the mid range offer from Imagine is actually €8 more expensive. The only benefit of choosing Imagine’s WiMax package is the fact that it has an unlimited download cap. Imagine’s fastest offering, the 7MB option is €3 cheaper than UPC’s 10MB offering. On the positive side, Imagine’s Mobile Broadband offering is quite impressive. For a 7MB mobile broadband connection, it costs only €15 a month.

After all the hype generated from the Imagine publicity team, I feel very let down. At the moment, with the current pricing structure, there is absolutely no reason for me to change my current provider at home. I’m sure a lot of people will feel the same.

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