Brute force and vulnerable modems

Akamai, a content delivery network company that works behind the scenes of many companies like AirBnB and Audi as examples, help to increase web performance and connectivity by using intelligent algorithms and heuristics to re-distribute the load across their own cloud of servers. During their time of sorting and re-directing the many connections, they've analysed the data streams and discovered some rather alarming activities. Hackers were using over 1 million compromised Internet connections to target a financial institution and make numerous login attempts with 65 million email addresses. Akamai also found that a lot of these connections were using modems that had known backdoors or vulnerabilities. What this means is the hackers have hijacked the modem using a method of bypassing the modem's security to gain full control of the device and use it for their own nefarious purposes. What can you do to mitigate this? Ensure your modem's firmware is up-to-date by checking the manufacturer's website to see if updates are available. Invest in a reputable Unified Threat Management (UTM) device like the Sonicwall TZ series of devices. This will help prevent your connection from being compromised and you being the scapegoat for malicious acts.

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