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      Da Boss

      Mirai botnet strikes again: This time it’s going after a specific open source project

      Mirai-powered botnet targets the Internet of Things (IoT) via an open source project named Aboriginal Linux.

      By Macy Bayern | August 23, 2018

      Mirai is best known for its massive cyberattack that swept both the US and Europe in 2016, which caused the largest internet blackout in US history. The malware created a massive botnet from IoT devices and attacked Dyn, a domain system for hundreds of major websites.

      Since 2016, Mirai hasn’t been silent. In April, the botnet launched IoT DDoS attacks on the finance industry; and in May, the three new attacks popped up targeting IoT devices.

      Symantec advised taking the following steps to protect your IoT devices from malware and keep your systems safe:

      – Research the capabilities and security features of an IoT device before purchase.
      – Perform an audit of IoT devices used on your network.
      – Change the default credentials on devices. Use strong and unique passwords for device accounts and Wi-Fi networks.
      – Use a strong encryption method when setting up Wi-Fi network access (WPA).

      Read the full article here

      On the subject of wi-fi security:
      How to Hack WiFi Password Easily Using New Attack On WPA/WPA2

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      Da Boss

      What Is WPA3? More Secure Wi-Fi
      WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access, and it’s a series of security protocols designed to safeguard your Wi-Fi traffic. Here’s what that means for your next binge-watch or video chat.

      By Whitson Gordon | June 27, 2018

      The next generation of Wi-Fi security is almost here, and it’s bringing a host of new features to keep your data safe—both at home and on public networks. Here’s everything you need to know about WPA3.

      The Wi-Fi Alliance gave us a peek at WPA3 earlier this year at CES, but this week it officially announced the finalized details. Even though you won’t be able to start using it right away, it’s a big step for wireless security, and good news for laptop and smartphone users everywhere.

      Read the full article here

      2019 is the target release timeframe, but according to Security Now recently, it’s uncertain which existing devices will update to WPA3.
      Wi-fi Alliance WPA3

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      Symantec’s first line of advice is wishful thinking at the user level.

      Fourth line they suggest WPA… WPA is not safe. WPA TKIP+AES is not safe, WPA2 with only AES is safer.

      We’re not done with the poor state of security on consumer products. Instead of building minimal standards for IoT products that could be easy to see followed with a logo on the box for normal users, it is still the Far West. Security goes well above WPA and the likes. It starts with proper support from the vendors for issuing firmware updates when required.

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      AskWoody Plus

      I have this question: is this ‘IoT’ problem also one that affects home users with a wire-based internet connection, but with a WiFi router serving the house computers (and only the computers)?

      I know that routers are vulnerable to malware. I only want to know if the problem discussed here applies to the particular setup I have described above, on top of other vulnerabilities that this setup might already have.


      Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group B & macOS + Linux (Mint) => Win7 Group W(?) + Mac&Lx

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        Da Boss

        is this ‘IoT’ problem also one that affects home users with a wire-based internet connection

        If you are talking about the Mirai Botnet, it affects devices attached to your home network – those “smart” lightbulbs, televisions, fridges etc. This is usually wirelessly, but in the case of larger appliances, may be wired.

        If you are talking about the Wi-Fi WPA* security issues, it affects wireless connectons to your router.

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