New ‘Drive-By’ Attack Is Remote

In a February 15 Dark Reading article, Kelly Jackson Higgins reports on a proof of concept attack against broadband routers.  Called drive-by pharming, attackers can gain web access to home or business broadband equipment by using manufacturer default passwords.  This attack vector differs from war driving attacks because the attacker doesn’t have to be anywhere near the target device.  The best defense is to ensure all default passwords are changed when implementing broadband routing equipment.



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