Harvesting passwords from DSL routers

    Date19 Oct 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Hackers have developed a trick for pilfering DSL account names and passwords right from subscriber's routers, a technique that provides hackers with untraceable Internet access, and potentially exposes subscriber email to interception.. . . Hackers have developed a trick for pilfering DSL account names and passwords right from subscriber's routers, a technique that provides hackers with untraceable Internet access, and potentially exposes subscriber email to interception.

    The method targets Cayman Systems' popular 3220-H DSL router, a combination modem, router and hub that allows DSL subscribers to share their Internet connections among multiple computers. The 3220-H is sold retail, and is distributed by Cayman's channel partners-- notably SBC Communications, which provides the devices to thousands of "Enhanced DSL" subscribers through subsidiaries Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell and Ameritech.

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