31.9 C
Delhi
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Cybercriminals ramping up attacks on home routers: Report

- Advertisement -

Cybercriminals using enterprise-based strategies for phishingBengaluru (IANS) Increase in attacks targeting and leveraging routers will continue as cybercriminals are able to easily monetise these infections in secondary attacks, warns a new report by global cybersecurity company Trend Micro.

The research revealed an increase from October 2019 onwards in brute force log-in attempts against routers, in which attackers use automated software to try common password combinations.

The number of attempts increased nearly tenfold, from around 23 million in September to nearly 249 million attempts in December 2019.

As recently as March 2020, Trend Micro recorded almost 194 million brute force logins.

“With a large majority of the population currently reliant on home networks for their work and studies, what’s happening to your router has never been more important,” Jon Clay, Director of Global Threat Communications for Trend Micro, said in a statement.

“Cybercriminals know that a vast majority of home routers are insecure with default credentials and have ramped up attacks on a massive scale. For the home user, that’s hijacking their bandwidth and slowing down their network. For the businesses being targeted by secondary attacks, these botnets can totally take down a website, as we’ve seen in past high-profile attacks.”

Another indicator that the scale of this threat has increased is devices attempting to open telnet sessions with other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Because telnet is unencrypted, it’s favoured by attackers — or their botnets — as a way to probe for user credentials.

At its peak, in mid-March 2020, nearly 16,000 devices attempted to open telnet sessions with other IoT devices in a single week, said the report titled “Caught in the Crossfire: Defending Devices From Battling Botnets”.

This trend is concerning for several reasons. Cybercriminals are competing with each other to compromise as many routers as possible so they can be conscripted into botnets.

These are then sold on underground sites either to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, or as a way to anonymise other attacks such as click fraud, data theft and account takeover, said the report.

To avoid such attacks, Trend Micro suggested several measures. It said that users should make sure the router is running the latest firmware.

Moreover, it is important to use a strong password and change it from time to time.

The company urged users to check logs to find behaviour that does not make sense for the network.

Users should only allow logins to the router from the local network, it said.

–IANS

India Updates
India Updates is an independent news & Information website. Follow us for regular updates on News and Information.

Follow Us On

Related News

LG expands budget smartphone line-up with 3 new models

Seoul, Sep 24 (IANS) LG Electronics on Thursday added three new models to its budget smartphone lineup as the South Korean tech firm targets...

Lava planning to launch 4-5 smartphones ahead of Diwali

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Home-grown mobile handset brand Lava is planning to launch four to five devices in the beginning of November, boosting its...

Govt plans InvIT model to monetise even regulated tariff assets of PGCIL

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) The government proposes to expand the asset monetisation programme of transmission utility Power Grid Corporation by including even the Regulated...

Ex-Australian cricketer Dean Jones dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 59-year-old was...

Sensex tumbles 1,100 points amid global selloff, loses 2,292 points in 4 days

Mumbai, Sep 24 (IANS) The Indian stock market witnessed a bloodbath on Thursday, in line with the global selloff, with the BSE Sensex losing...

Zoom introduces new features to make video meets more interactive

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Video conferencing platform Zoom on Thursday announced new features with an aim to make video communications more accessible for...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Topics In India

Covid 19 India Updates

PM Modi asks states to focus on micro-containment zones

New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to reassess if lockdowns of one or two days are effective...

PM Modi asks states to focus on micro-containment zones

New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to reassess if lockdowns of one or two days are effective...

People with ‘silent’ Covid-19 may have key role in spread

Seoul, Sep 23 (IANS) People with 'silent' or asymptomatic Covid-19 infection have as much coronavirus in their noses and throats as those with symptoms,...

Epidemic Diseases Bill passed in LS to protect frontline Covid workers

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) A bill which proposed protection to frontline workers, including healthcare professionals, was passed on late Monday night proceedings of...

Not believe in act of God, Covid vaccine expected in early 2021: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assured the Lok Sabha that the Central government is not just waiting for "act...

COVID-19 recovery rate in India crosses 80 per cent mark

New Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) India''s recovery rate of COVID-19 cases has crossed the 80 per cent mark with over 90,000 recoveries recorded for...

Trending News In India

Ayushmann Khurrana among 5 Indians in Time list of Influential People

Mumbai, Sep 24 (IANS) Indian actor Ayushmann Khurrana is in the Time magazine list of 100 Most Influential People this year.The National Award-winning Bollywood...

Lava planning to launch 4-5 smartphones ahead of Diwali

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Home-grown mobile handset brand Lava is planning to launch four to five devices in the beginning of November, boosting its...

Govt plans InvIT model to monetise even regulated tariff assets of PGCIL

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) The government proposes to expand the asset monetisation programme of transmission utility Power Grid Corporation by including even the Regulated...

Ex-Australian cricketer Dean Jones dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 59-year-old was...

Sensex tumbles 1,100 points amid global selloff, loses 2,292 points in 4 days

Mumbai, Sep 24 (IANS) The Indian stock market witnessed a bloodbath on Thursday, in line with the global selloff, with the BSE Sensex losing...

Zoom introduces new features to make video meets more interactive

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Video conferencing platform Zoom on Thursday announced new features with an aim to make video communications more accessible for...

Trending Showbiz

Ayushmann Khurrana among 5 Indians in Time list of Influential People

Mumbai, Sep 24 (IANS) Indian actor Ayushmann Khurrana is in the Time magazine list of 100 Most Influential People this year.The National Award-winning Bollywood...

NCB summons to Deepika, Shraddha, Sara in drugs-related case

Mumbai, Sep 23 (IANS) In a major development, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday said that it has summoned Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara...

Bhumi Pednekar: I’m creatively very restless

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who has worked in genres as different as chalk and cheese, says she is creatively very restless."I...

Sachin Khedekar: No actor can rise above a bad script

Mumbai (IANS) Actor Sachin Khedekar believes a good script is truly important for an actor to showcase his acting skills.“The script plays one of...

Negativity not in Bollywood, exists only on TV channels: Anubhav Sinha

By Justin Rao, Mumbai, Sep 21 (PTI) Anubhav Sinha says the negative perception about the Hindi film industry has been manufactured on TV news...

Don’t ask actors about things not related to them: Manoj Bajpayee

BY DURGA CHAKRAVARTY (IANS) Bollywood celebrities are asked for their opinions on just about everything these days, National Award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee notes. How...

Trending Sports

Mumbai hammer Kolkata by 49 runs in one-sided affair

Abu Dhabi, Sep 24 (IANS/GloFans) Four-time champions Mumbai Indians rode on a quality knock from captain Rohit Sharma (80) and some decent show by their...

Mumbai hammer Kolkata by 49 runs in one-sided affair

Abu Dhabi, Sep 24 (IANS/GloFans) Four-time champions Mumbai Indians rode on a quality knock from captain Rohit Sharma (80) and some decent show by their...

Players focussed on attaining peak fitness: Hockey captain Manpreet

By Rohit Mundayur, (IANS) Senior men’s hockey probables at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Bengaluru centre are currently focussed on getting as close...

Honoured to be part of PM Modi’s Fit India Dialogue: Kohli

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has stated that he is honoured to be part of the Fit India...

Samson, Smith, Tewatia shine as Royals stun CSK by 16 runs

Sharjah, Sep 23 (IANS/GloFans) Sanju Samson's blistering 32-ball 74 at No.3, fast bowler Jofra Archer's fireworks with the bat -- he carted four consecutive sixes...

Novak Djokovic completes 286th week as No.1, pips Sampras

Rome, Sep 22 (IANS) Novak Djokovic, who has started his 287th week at the number one position in the ATP Rankings, has gone past...

Latest Trending News In India

LG expands budget smartphone line-up with 3 new models

Seoul, Sep 24 (IANS) LG Electronics on Thursday added three new models to its budget smartphone lineup as the South Korean tech firm targets...

Lava planning to launch 4-5 smartphones ahead of Diwali

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Home-grown mobile handset brand Lava is planning to launch four to five devices in the beginning of November, boosting its...

Govt plans InvIT model to monetise even regulated tariff assets of PGCIL

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) The government proposes to expand the asset monetisation programme of transmission utility Power Grid Corporation by including even the Regulated...

Ex-Australian cricketer Dean Jones dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 59-year-old was...

Sensex tumbles 1,100 points amid global selloff, loses 2,292 points in 4 days

Mumbai, Sep 24 (IANS) The Indian stock market witnessed a bloodbath on Thursday, in line with the global selloff, with the BSE Sensex losing...