Monday, June 19, 2017

Wikileaks Unveils 'Cherry Blossom' — Wireless Hacking System Used by CIA

This version used by the CIA maybe new, but the type of hack has been out there for a long time, and virtually all big time hackers use it. Plus of course the boys in the band, China, Russia, North Korea among others. What is neat is once they get into the router, like the one a Starbucks, or that free Hotel system you used last night, a hacked router can monitor all the data going through it. Like your passwords, who you are emailing as well as who is emailing you. In my Cyber Security class, I show one of the data inquires that can be sitting on the router, it is one very short burst, that then sits and waits for the systems attached to the router to cough up a whole range of sensitive data, that allows the attacker virtual access not only to your computer, but every computer you then access. So the next time you log on to a free router hot spot, just remember that your computer will take that bad software with it, and then attack your home router, or business router. There are patches for routers that help keep them free from some of these attacks, but have you ever installed a patch for your router? Would you even know how? Now look at the list of systems this Cherry Blossom or other attack like it can hit. Cameras, WIFI adapters, WIFI extenders, it is a 24 page list and includes most of the routers sold in America or around the world.
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