Netcore, a Chinese router manufacturer, has a gaping security vulnerability in every single one of their products. TrendMicro's security blog discovered that the routers come packed in with a hardcoded "backdoor" locked only by a single password.
It comes in the form of an open "port" that cannot be closed. A open or closed port decides whether or not specific connections can get through to your router. All of Netcore's routers leave this port open. In the United States and other countries besides China, these routers are sold under the brand name Netis.
If hackers decide to infiltrate your routers, then they're free to download and run files directly on it. What's even more disconcerting is that, when TrendMicro tried to figure out why the backdoor existed, the company didn't receive a response.
It could be possible that someone in Netcore placed the backdoor there with nefarious intent. Getting into the cybersecurity industry is much easier when you're a hacker yourself. A digital anarchist might have plans for every single one of Netcore's customers, and they would be powerless to stop it.
This vulnerability will be open until Netcore updates the firmware. We don't know when or if that will happen. Until then, it's your responsibility to keep criminals off your wireless network. Click here to lock them out easily.
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