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March 26, 2013

Whole internet probed for insecure devices

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 12:25 am

 by the BBC

A surreptitious scan of the entire internet has revealed millions of printers, webcams and set-top boxes protected only by default passwords. An anonymous researcher used more than 420,000 of these insecure devices to test the security and responsiveness of other gadgets, in a nine-month survey. Using custom-written code, they sent out more than four trillion messages. The net’s current addressing scheme accommodates about 4.2 billion devices. Only 1.3 billion addresses responded.

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