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Vendor-Supplied Defaults Are a Serious Threat

Brand Barney, SecurityMetrics
By: Brand Barney

Hackers are merely a Google search away from hacking your network.

Devices, like routers, come straight from the vendor with factory settings like default usernames and passwords. Defaults make device installation and support easier, but also mean every model originates with the same username and password. When those defaults aren’t changed, you give hackers Wonka’s Golden Ticket into your system.

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During a recent SecurityMetrics forensic investigation, we discovered the IT company that configured the compromised merchant also set up 50 additional merchants with the same configuration and passwords. Yikes.

Once the hacker cracked the username/password, it was all downhill from there.

Don’t believe it? Google your device. Type: “[manufacturer] [model] default password.” It’s really quite simple to find your device’s default settings, along with a slew of hackalicious goodies.

 This link here looks promising... 
 Looks like no matter what model Linksys router, the default username and password are usually admin. 

Still don’t believe me? Here’s a sampler of a few common usernames/passwords.

  • Username: admin, username, test, admin1, sysadmin, default, public
  • Password: password, admin, 000000, 123456, test, 1, changeme, letmein

Seriously, change your vendor-supplied defaults!

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Brand Barney (CISSP, HCISPP, QSA) is a Security Analyst at SecurityMetrics, has over 10 years of data security experience, and will totally geek out if you mention Doctor Who. Brand loves to play jazz piano and daydreams about being as great as Dave Brubeck or Thelonious Monk. 

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