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ZTE 4G hotspots gateways to malicious websites: Report

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ZTE 4G hotspots gateways to malicious websites: ReportSan Francisco, Aug 11 (IANS) Security researchers have discovered a bunch of vulnerabilities affecting 4G hotspots from Chinese handset maker ZTE that could allow a potential hacker to redirect traffic from the hotspot to other malicious websites.

Discovered by a Pen Test Partners researcher, who goes by the name of “Dave Null”, the security flaws in the hotspot devices were disclosed at Defcon — an annual hacking conference held in Las Vegas on Saturday, CNET reported.

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According to Null, in order to exploit the vulnerabilities, an attacker only needed the victim to visit a malicious website using one of ZTE’s hotspots.

Once the attacker had the password to the hotspot, there were plenty of options for further hacks.

The hacker could start logging a person’s web activity, use the hotspot as a way to attack devices connected to it and redirect web traffic to more malicious websites, the report said.

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Null claimed that the vulnerabilities are likely to apply to more ZTE products in the “MF” line because many of the devices share the same code, the report noted.

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