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Router hacking competition announced for Defcon
Well-known manufacturers of residential and SME wireless routers will have reason to feel nervous as hackers at the annual DefCon security conference aim to break into their products to find undocumented vulnerabilities or so-called Zero Days.
The sponsors behind the DefCon SOHOpelessly Broken competition, Independent Security Evalutators and digital rights lobby group Electronic Frontier Foundation are confident the hackers will find vulnerabilities too, as a number of router vendors have been accused of carelessness in security terms in the past.
A study by ISE of 13 SOHO routers found all to be vulnerable in one form or other. Of the routers in the study, 11 could be taken over remotely, and in two cases, no active management session was required.