[Cryptography] The default password of '1234'

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Fri Sep 18 10:37:43 EDT 2015

But what can we do?  I hang out on an Aussie techie-sort of list, and this 
bod is quite IT-aware.

Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."
 I'll support shark-culling when they have been observed walking on dry land.

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Subject: More one of 'it security' dave.

Our hotel has WiFi internet. Pretty normal these days.

It starts to play up, so for 'giggles' I connect a web browser to the 
default route and get presented with a "Movistar home ADSL" router. Can 
see status but the interesting stuff is of course password projected. Some 
time later (presumably after some one reboots it to make the 'net work 
again), I type into google 'Movistar ADSL password' and get the devices 

The default password of '1234' has not been changed......

I'm not sure of not if this is better than the hotel gateway I saw last 
year that was using SSL, but using the device manufacturer's default 
certificate, so every time my laptop or tablet connected I got these large 
flashing warnings about certificate mismatch.

Basically the world at large is training the user population at large to 
ignore security errors and just accept anything......


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