ASUS has settled a lawsuit with the FTC over its home routers’ vulnerabilities and has agreed to implement a security program that will be independently audited for the next 20 years.
In February 2014, thousands of Asus router owners found a disturbing text file saved to their devices.
“This is an automated message being sent out to everyone effected [sic],” the message read. “Your Asus router (and your documents) can be accessed by anyone in the world with an Internet connection.” The anonymous sender then urged the readers to visit a site that explained more about the router vulnerability.
Ars’ Dan Goodin suggests it should be regarded as a wake-up call not only for other router manufacturers, but for the entire IoT industry as well.
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