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Standard User mikebear
(regular) Mon 11-Aug-14 15:50:15
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Should we worry about ISP provided routers?


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An article in yesterday's Techworld newsletter was headed :

"Many home routers supplied by ISPs can be compromised en masse, researchers say."

http://news.techworld.com/networking/3535576/many-ho...

Should we be overly concerned?
Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 12-Aug-14 17:19:50
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Solution: Replace your ISP provided router by a generic router.

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Standard User 4M2
(knowledge is power) Tue 12-Aug-14 17:56:54
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I got a call today from "The Windows Technical Department" regarding a problem with my pc, my reply was "you must be joking" and I put the phone down. It was quite unusual since the caller's number did appear on caller display rather than "withheld" or "unavailable" which one might expect.

What do these people want to do: possibly remotely access the pc to troubleshoot a fictitious problem and perhaps charge for a fix or would their intentions be far more malicious?


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Standard User mikejp
(regular) Tue 12-Aug-14 18:04:50
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10/10
Standard User andygegg
(regular) Tue 12-Aug-14 18:06:16
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Two obvious things spring to mind:
- load lots of malware onto your PC for all the usual reasons (banking info, botnet recruitment, etc)
- you have to pay - i.e. you give your card details to criminals. This is not usually a good idea...

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Standard User 4M2
(knowledge is power) Tue 12-Aug-14 18:25:49
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I've had a call like that before from "Windows...", which I immediately dismissed, but what I found interesting about this one was that the caller's number did appear on caller display (the caller introduction himself using an English name and from Windows Technical Dept. but spoken with a foreign accent after I asked who was calling.) Would that make the caller traceable?
Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Tue 12-Aug-14 18:39:22
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You're making the assumption that the displayed number was the caller's number rather than some random phone number. I gather it's quite straightforward to spoof the Caller ID.

Tony
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Standard User 4M2
(knowledge is power) Tue 12-Aug-14 18:45:02
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In reply to a post by cheshire_man:
I gather it's quite straightforward to spoof the Caller ID.


Thanks - I didn't know that smile
Standard User caffn8me
(knowledge is power) Tue 12-Aug-14 20:30:14
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I had a call last week, which I ignored as I am want to do with all cals I don't recognize the number for.

The caller ID had been spoofed. A search revaled this was indeed a "Microsoft Technical Department" type call seeming to originate from India or thereabouts.

Sarah

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Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 12-Aug-14 20:57:16
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Relevance to OP? They'll use logmein type app to access your PC , not the router.

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