Misfortune Cookie is a critical vulnerability that allows an intruder to remotely take over a residential gateway device and use it to attack the devices connected to it.
Researchers from Check Point’s Malware and Vulnerability Research Group recently uncovered this critical vulnerability present on millions of residential gateway (SOHO router) devices from different models and makers. It has been assigned the CVE-2014-9222 identifier. This severe vulnerability allows an attacker to remotely take over the device with administrative privileges.
HOW MANY DEVICES ARE AFFECTED?
To date, researchers have distinctly detected at least 12 million readily exploitable devices connected to the Internet present in 189 countries across the globe, making this one of the most widespread vulnerabilities revealed in recent years.
HOW DOES IT AFFECT ME?
If your gateway device is vulnerable, then any device connected to it – including
computers, phones, tablets, printers, security cameras, refrigerators, toasters or any other networked device in your home or office network – may have increased risk of compromise. An attacker exploiting the Misfortune Cookie vulnerability can easily monitor your Internet connection, steal your credentials and personal or business data, attempt to infect your machines with malware, and over-crisp your toast.
Contact us today by email or give us a call at (919) 568-8095 for more information on our wireless network packages that ARE NOT affected by this vulnerability. We recognize that you may use a variety of brands of networking equipment, and that it is possible that you may be at risk. Once you contact us we will send you the guide on the suspected vulnerable models to see if you are already affected, and what you can do about it.