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WinMx World News / Re: UK ISP Virgin Media Sounds Alert
« Last post by Pri on June 25, 2017, 10:36:41 pm »
People don't realise the danger they put themselves in when they stick this equipment online. We all know because we're technologically literate but the average person sees WiFi like magic. My own wife once asked me if she would be able to take her laptop to a friends house and receive our WiFi signal there.. several miles away.

Average joes just don't "get" it. And really should they have to? - It is my opinion that we have already enough things to worry about in our daily lives from being able to cook hundreds of meals, learn to drive, learn to operate all the appliances. All things we just take for granted like knowing how to use an elevator/lift. At some point you have to just defer to others.

How many of us knows how to make a candle from scratch? or churn butter? - At some point we said let someone else worry about it, we'll just buy those things in a shop and there are regulations in place to make sure that the butter we buy isn't contaminated with ecoli etc

This same sort of thing needs to be done with technology. Companies like Virgin Media that put out devices must have a baseline of security that anyone can buy it, plug it in and be secure from day one.

My company several years ago produced a home hub for a saudi ISP and in ours we generated a random password the very first time you powered it on and it was presented to the user using a captive portal the first time they opened a web browser. As soon as that message was displayed to a user the WiFi password system was setup on the router automatically.

The screen said to the user, this is your WiFi password, save it somewhere and use it on all your devices. Captive portals like that are not new technology. ISP's and general internet connected device manufacturers are so incredibly lazy it's frustrating to see them put in such little effort.

<- End of my rant lol
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WinMx World News / Re: UK ISP Virgin Media Sounds Alert
« Last post by White Stripes on June 25, 2017, 06:20:24 am »
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Terminal apathy seems to set in when its time to set up a router  :lol:

O_o ..... gotta be kidding me... its simple.... connect lan, set wifi pass, set router pass, connect wan, enjoy internet..... ...only have to do it once too...

...then again every winter the local news has a story about someones house burning to the ground because of a space heater... and even the cheapest of heaters has many warnings and usage instructions embossed onto the unit itself...
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WinMx World News / Re: UK ISP Virgin Media Sounds Alert
« Last post by GhostShip on June 24, 2017, 06:22:43 am »
Terminal apathy seems to set in when its time to set up a router  :lol:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40382877

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A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts suggest.
Virgin Media's Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers.

But experts raised concerns that older routers provided by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and others were also at risk. They recommend users change their router password from the default.


I wonder what time next year we will read about this problem again ?



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WinMx World News / Re: UK ISP Virgin Media Sounds Alert
« Last post by White Stripes on June 23, 2017, 10:07:56 am »
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CCTV system was hacked using an administrator account that was not password protected.

this sounds like an IoT user who didnt RTFM ...

routers and modem/router combo devices rented or sold by ISPs should disallow internet access until a password is set... if nothing else it would be a layer of protection against cheap IoT devices and obsolete OSen...
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WinMx World News / UK ISP Virgin Media Sounds Alert
« Last post by GhostShip on June 23, 2017, 04:48:26 am »
Heads up folks !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40371373

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Virgin Media has told 800,000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked.
An investigation by Which? found that hackers could access the provider's Super Hub 2 router, allowing access to users' smart appliances.

A child's toy and domestic CCTV cameras were among the vulnerable devices. Virgin Media said the risk was small but advised customers using default network and router passwords to update them immediately.

The study, carried out in conjunction with ethical security researchers SureCloud, tested 15 devices -of which eight had security flaws.

In one case a home CCTV system was hacked using an administrator account that was not password protected. Hackers were able to watch live pictures and in some cases were able to move cameras inside the house.


Same old flaws different day eh  :whistle:
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WinMX Adventures / Re: A business I started born from WinMX
« Last post by GhostShip on June 20, 2017, 05:17:37 pm »
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I hope this was an interesting post for the forum, feel free to check the site out and tell me what you think. Have a great day  :nerd:

I am very pleased with such a post Pri  :-D

Many of the staff whom have served here over the years have gone on to greater things and been successful outside of our corner of the net on MX,

I am sure we all know someone whom came here a noob and now dishes out help and info like a time served "Sage" when the opportunity arises , such folks and their stories are the real pay back for folks such as myself, MX has given me many important things, ideas, concepts, teachers in many topics from around the globe and most important of all good friends,

I applaud your community supporting mentality and urge others thinking of applying knowledge or skills they have harnessed while looking for solutions to problems we have here to also reap the rewards of their effort, I am very proud to be a member of this community and the folks here whom demonstrate what sort of decent human beings they are by their selfless actions, excellent news Pri and well done on taking the extra step into the dark and making a success  of your efforts 8) 8) 8)
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WinMX Adventures / A business I started born from WinMX
« Last post by Pri on June 20, 2017, 01:43:44 pm »
As I'm sure most of you are aware I publish this bot software called Proxy Blocker which has been used on WinMX by chat room hosts since 2009. It allows them to view who is entering their chat room using a proxy server and to automatically block them as-well as other controls.

For a few years I had been thinking about creating an actual service out of the API which drives the client software. An API in this context is a remote server which holds information about which IP Addresses are operating as proxy servers (or VPN's) and which are not.

This is useful beyond WinMX as this technology can be used to stop spam bots, email spammers, cheaters on online games and to stop fraud on payment gateways. So I felt there was a large audience that would find such a service useful.

Last year I started a website called proxycheck.io which does just that. It's just over a year since the service went live and I wanted to share it with people here because I think it's important that it shows how the community can create a lot of value in peoples lives. This service I created has become a viable and profitable business and it is something I would never have started if it wasn't for WinMX.

Of course with the new service I am still committed to Proxy Blocker for WinMX. I recently switched over from the old mxpulse code base for the proxy checker API to the new one at proxycheck.io and I am offering free unlimited queries for life to all WinMX bots which dial into the API. Service is as it was previously with no changes.

I hope this was an interesting post for the forum, feel free to check the site out and tell me what you think. Have a great day  :nerd:
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WinMx World News / Re: Internet Censorship In The UK ?
« Last post by GhostShip on June 17, 2017, 06:45:13 am »
Neither, this one is focused on short term narrow aims and is very apathetic, not a people person, more a back door leader who enjoys the "across the spring water laden table" and out of the public eye kind of dealing,  rather than having to soil her hands with meeting the public, we are simply an inconvenience I feel.
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WinMx World News / Re: Internet Censorship In The UK ?
« Last post by White Stripes on June 16, 2017, 09:56:27 pm »
out of curiosity would this PM be considered more like Bush or Trump?
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WinMx World News / Re: Internet Censorship In The UK ?
« Last post by Pri on June 15, 2017, 01:56:57 pm »
She loves to talk but the reality is she is beyond incompetent. Her saying they wanna ban encryption is like saying they wanna ban water. It just ain't gonna happen. That doesn't mean we shouldn't stay vigilant and fight all instances of this, it just means don't get too worried.

Hell she might not even be Prime Minister in a few days if they can't sort out this shit with the DUP.
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