Be Password Aware
It seems that Talk Talk are still struggling with cyber security.
Some routers supplied to customers are vulnerable to the Mirai worm. This has allowed 57,000 preset wifi passwords to be harvested. This means that someone with access to this list could connect to the wifi network of a Talk Talk customer if they were physically close by. The Mirai worm also makes it possible to identify the location of the router. Someone else accessing your wifi network may not be any more dangerous than you using an open wifi connection in a coffee shop, but if you are a “high value” target, then it is not a good situation to be in.
The solution is very simple: Change your wifi password, this is definitely what Talk Talk should be telling their customers.
Given that Father Christmas is likely to be delivering some shiny new gadgets this December 24th, please take this advice:-
1) Change any default passwords
2) Change the password on any administrator account
This is especially important for devices connected to the internet – such as cameras that you can view on your Smartphone. Many of these cameras can be hijacked so others can also view the images or access your home network. Whilst many of these vulnerabilities may require the manufacturer to fix you can do your bit by changing the passwords and ensuring the firmware is up to date.