Ben Tomhave

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Ben Tomhave
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
19 years IT Industry

Ben is conducting research within the Security and Risk Management Strategies team under Gartner for Technical Professionals.

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Patch Your Internet Router/Gateway!

by Ben Tomhave  |  February 14, 2014  |  1 Comment

Just a friendly fyi… if you’re running an Internet router/gateway from Asus or Linksys, please make sure that you’ve updated the firmware recently! In some ways, this strikes me as another example of attacks on the Internet of Things (IoT). If you’ve been following IoT attack trends, then you may have read about the possibility that a refridgerator may have be found sending out spam.

Things seem to be getting worse, and quickly. First, for a little background, please note that the Asusgate vulnerability in question was first disclosed in June 2013.

While Asus fixed the bug, many many many routers have not been updated, and thus there has been some significant data disclosure (a non-Gartner colleague has looked through some of the compromised data and found file names suggesting highly sensitive info from all sectors, include law firms and DoD).

Now we also learn that there appears to be a worm out there affecting Linksys devices (now owned by Belkin, btw, in case you missed that announcement last year).

Read more from SANS ISC: “Linksys Worm ‘TheMoon’ Summary: What we know so far”

So… what’s the take-away here? Well, quite simply, it’s this: You need to monitor and patch ALL your Internet-connected devices, whether that be mobile or desktop or streaming media or even your routers/gateways. Failing to do this can very well lead to compromise and abuse.

Welcome to a brave new world of interesting times…

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