What 420,000 insecure devices reveal about Web security

An article for Cnet new about  Web security: A researcher used a simple, binary technique to take control of more than 420,000 insecure devices including Webcams, routers, and printers running on the Internet — and says that’s just a hint of the potential for real trouble to get started.

In a Seclists posting yesterday, the researcher, Gordon Lyon, describes how he was able to take control of open, embedded devices on the Internet. He did so by using either empty or default credentials such as “root:root” or “admin:admin”, indicating how a surprisingly large number of devices connected to the Web have no security to safeguard against a possible takeover.

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