Your Wireless Router–How Hackable Is It?

An event at DEF CON 22, called “SOHOpelessly Broken” took a look at how easy it might be to crack eleven popular small office /home office wireless routers and access points.  The losers are listed below – these you might want to avoid.

  • Asus AC66U – #7 in top selling computer routers on Amazon at the time of this post.
  • Netgear WNDR-4700
  • DLink 865L
  • Belkin N900
  • Linksys EA6500
  • Trendnet TEW-812DRU
  • Actiontec Q1000

So the bad news – seven of the eleven we able to be breached.  Of those that fell, a total of 15 vulnerabilities were revealed, and 11 of these vulnerabilities had been previously discovered to be affecting the security of earlier models by these same manufacturers.  So the real bad news is that the companies that manufacture these devises and who build the security into them, are failing to learn from their earlier mistakes.

If you are using wireless in your home or office networks, you should take a quick look at my earlier post where we covered how to secure your wireless network.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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