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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us 148

New submitter Trax3001BBS writes "Ars is running an article about a vulnerability of Asus routers that are becoming very popular at the moment for connecting USB devices to the Internet. From the article: 'An Ars reader by the name of Jerry got a nasty surprise as he was browsing the contents of his external hard drive over the weekend — a mysterious text file warning him that he had been hacked thanks to a critical vulnerability in the Asus router he used ... The guerilla-style hacking disclosure comes eight months after a security researcher publicly disclosed the underlying vulnerability that exposed the hard drives of ... Asus router users. ... According to Lovett, the weakness affects a variety of Asus router models, including the RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R. Asus reportedly patched the vulnerabilities late last week...' And this old news, come new again: The Asuswrt Merlin ROM took care of this vulnerability months ago (defect #17)."
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

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  • by Penguinisto ( 415985 ) on Tuesday February 18, 2014 @01:29AM (#46273625) Journal

    Do be careful about that...

    I did that once, years ago, on a hotel WiFi network while traveling - I found a wide-open shared directory (I was bored, so I sniffed around, and...) The folder had a lot of rather sensitive-looking stuff laying about in it, judging by the filenames. I left a small anonymous text file asking the owner to secure the laptop in the future, and wrote out step-by-step how to do it. The next morning, I was walking by the front lobby desk when I heard a hysterical woman demanding that the staff call the cops because she'd been "hacked".

    First, last, and only time I'll ever be a good samaritan. :(

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