Posts Tagged Eircom

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Tom, you’re an arsehole

Well happy New Year to you too….

Today I’m just back from a great Christmas break and eager to get moving on bringing 2bscene (and other projects) to another level this year. A short break does wonders for the body and mind. It’s all too easy to get bogged down in work and lie in the trenches when you’re busy, but the break helps rejuvenate your brain and start thinking of how to improve things to give an even better level of service.

After sifting through hundreds of emails though, one email caught my eye from a guy calling himself Daithi Boyce. I tried to make sense of it by adding a bit of grammar….:

tom ur an asshole. not only did you do a great deal. well didnt fuckin help with the starview boxs s with all your shite on the net. now you telling people about netopia routers your a fucking killjoy. i suppose youve loads of fucking money to buy what you want. not like all other people i leave mine unsecured so they can use as they wish but id say your either locked up to the hilt or too greedy to use the net at home. id fucking love it if i knew how to fuck up your site but id say some1 will the way things are going. regards you greedt prick
signed daithi

Well Happy New Year to you too Daithi, I really don’t understand how I’ve annoyed you. Do you think it’s ok to steal services from providers just because you can or that it’s too expensive? Well I personally don’t. But I do agree with you that it’s not fair that these services are not affordable for everyone. But only by getting people to talk with their money will change this.

Since the Starview boxes have stopped working, most people I know that had one have moved on to Sky. It’s a cheaper and better service than the one provided by NTL. I’m sure that once NTL start noticing this trend, they will start to think of providing a better, cheaper service.

In relation to Eircom‘s routers… If you look at the statistics of this site – most people find this site looking for ways to hack eircom’s routers – not to prevent themselves from being hacked. While the NTL situation only affected the corporate company, the Eircom situation is much different. It’s completely wrong for an unsuspecting person to have to pay for someone who logs on to their network uninvited and racks up a bill for that person because they didn’t know they were susceptible to this hack. I don’t have loads of money as you think, so the thought of me being hacked and someone exceeding my bandwidth limit frigthens the hell out of me… it’s not cheap!!!!

In saying all that – you just have to visit any suburban housing estate in Dublin and I’m sure you’ll find there are still hundreds (if not thousands) of open Eircom routers still vulnerable to the attack mentioned on this blog.

So you can continue with your one man crusade in taking down my website, I do however have your ip address, email address and your name if such an unlikely event takes place….

Happy New Year! :)

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments

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.

Tags: , , , , , ,

3 Comments

No music videos for UK YouTube users

YouTube, LLC
Image via Wikipedia

Every executive in the music industry should be ashamed of themselves. It seems every day that goes by they get more ridiculous about this new thing – the Internet.

They probably all still sit around a desk with a pile of paper, with not a computer in sight. They’re main aim in life is to fight desperately to hold onto their crumbling piles of money. In the meantime they miss out on the opportunity to use the most powerful medium the world has ever seen to help grow their empire. That medium is the Internet. Yes I know I have said it many times here, but their ignorance to it continues to drive me insane.

I’m a musician and believe it’s only right that people pay for the use of any material I create. However, after working in the Internet industry for more than 10 years, I can see how beneficial the Internet could be to any existing artist or upcoming artist.

New artists dreamed of ways of getting their music in front of the masses for as little money as possible, in the early days, rock legends Metallica used to be happy for their fans to make bootlegged cassette tapes and give it to their friends, as it was a way to promote their music without paying any money. Now however, that is a different story altogether, they don’t like the Internet because it’s eating into record sales. Yet, they and their record industry bosses believe the only way to fight it was to bring lawsuits and prevent people accessing certain websites. For god sake – remember you all thought tape recordings were going to kill the industry???

For me it’s simple, if I could get my work out to millions of users through a FREE medium that promoted my work, I would personally see it as a God sent. The knock on effect to my music career would be immense and set me on a career for life.

Records bosses and bodies such as IRMA and the PRS feel that the only way to tackle the growing number of illegal downloads that is eating away at their bottom line, is to become censors or just be greedy.

In Ireland we have IRMA who have an agreement with Eircom to block any sites they want, which led to the start of the organistation BlackoutIreland.com and now in the UK we have the greedy PRS who want YouTube to pay them an “economically unsustainable” amount of money to be licensed to play their music. So pretty soon those poor souls in the UK won’t be able to view music videos through YouTube.

What a sad sad day…. Please grow up Record Industry and get with the times……

Tags: , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

Internet in Ireland being censored? All ISPs threatened with legal action on music copyright

A short information film included on many DVDs...
Image via Wikipedia

Maybe not yet, but after reading this article in the Irish Times it appears that Eircom at least have agreed to block access to sites like PirateBay.org

In a legal letter sent to all Irish ISPs on behalf of EMI, it looks for a “graduated response” to the copyright infringement by the service providers.

So what does this mean for the future of Irish Internet users, an Internet with selected websites only?

If EMI can get such an agreement put in place with all the ISPs, it opens possible flood gates of other organisations who would like such sites banned. What next? No access to YouTube???

Tags: , , , , ,

3 Comments