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Emerging Long-Range WAN Networks Vulnerable To Hacking, Compromise



More than 30,000 public and private organizations -- including local, state and federal agencies -- use the Orion network management system to manage their IT resources. As a result, the hack compromised the data, networks and systems of thousands when SolarWinds inadvertently delivered the backdoor malware as an update to the Orion software.




Emerging Long-Range WAN Networks Vulnerable to Hacking, Compromise



The root of the risk lies in the keys used for encrypting communications between devices, gateways, and network servers, which are often poorly protected and easily obtainable. Basically the keys are everywhere, making encryption almost useless. This leaves networks vulnerable to malicious hackers who could compromise the confidentiality and integrity of the data flowing to and from connected devices.


Hacking refers to activities that seek to compromise digital devices, such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and even entire networks. Hackers are motivated by personal gain, to make a statement, or just because they can.


A VPN service uses cryptography to protect your internet connection from unauthorized access. It can also act as a shut-down mechanism, terminating pre-selected programs in case of suspicious internet activity. This decreases the likelihood of data being compromised. These features allow companies to give remote access to authorized users over their business networks.


Virtual private networks make on-the-go web activity safer for everyone. People today are used to reading news articles at the cafe, checking email at the supermarket, or logging into bank accounts on their mobile devices. This type of internet connection is vulnerable to hacking as the web activity is over public wi-fi. Using VPN services when connecting to unsecured public wi-fi hotspots keeps both your data and device safe.


Many respondents expressed confidence in the evolution of methods by which outside regulators, as well as developers of the software, hardware and networks undergirding the IoT, will build in some method of dealing with constantly emerging security, safety and civil liberties issues.


The digital world has revolutionized how we live, work and play. However, it's a digital world that is constantly open to attack, and because there are so many potential attackers, we need to ensure we have the right security in place to prevent systems and networks being compromised. Unfortunately, there is no single method that can successfully protect against every single type of attack. This is where a defense in depth architecture comes into play.


Botnets, which are vast networks of computers, can be used to wage DDoS attacks. They are usually composed of compromised computers (e.g., IoT devices, servers, workstations, routers, etc.), or zombies, that are controlled by a central server.


As large companies shift to off-premise cloud computing services, one view is that firewall technology will play a lesser role. Fortinet has targeted software-defined wide area networks, or SD-WANs, an emerging computer networking technology.


Meanwhile, hackers often aim to compromise networks by targeting employees or management who have administrative access. CyberArk manages privileged accounts. In addition, Okta provides identity management services.


Scanning tools used by both attackers and security professionals allow an automated detection of open ports. Many network-based IDS/IPS solutions, and even workstation-based endpoint security solutions can detect port scanning. It is worthwhile to investigate port scanning originating from inside the local network, as it often means a compromised device. However, computers running some security solutions can generate false positives. This is beacause vendors of security solutions feature a port scanner to detect vulnerable devices inside a home network.


DDoS attacks occur when attackers overload servers or resources with requests. Attackers can perform these attacks manually or through botnets, networks of compromised devices used to distribute request sources. The purpose of a DDoS attack is to prevent users from accessing services or to distract security teams while other attacks occur.


If the exploit is successful, you should be greeted with internal configuration settings that can leak the login and password of users, default passwords, and device serial number, among other settings that allow you to compromise the router. Other modules allow you to remotely inject code or directly disclose the router password. Which you can run depends on what the target router is vulnerable to. 350c69d7ab


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