Home Router Security Threat

If you have a personal Internet router in your home (commonly associated with high-speed internet access and/or wireless connectivity), this notice is of importance to you.

Recently it has been discovered that certain routers have a vulnerability in the Universal Plug and Play protocol (UPnP).  This means that “bad guys” could potentially hack into your home network and your computer.  Estimates indicate 40 to 50 million routers are at risk as a result of this security flaw.

Here’s what you need to do.

First, when you go home and connect to your home network, visit the following website.  There is a test you can run that will tell you immediately if your router is at risk or not:

http://upnp-check.rapid7.com/

If your router is secure, not further action is required.  Rest easy.  😉

If it is not secure, you should seriously consider what further action is needed to disable the UPnP protocol on your specific router to reduce your risk.  Information on how to do that should be available from your router’s vendor.

For more in-depth information about UPnP vulnerability and the risks, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section from the web site above.  If you have general questions, please feel free to contact Tech Support at techdesk@bucknell.edu or by calling 570-577-7777.

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