Home routers under attack in ongoing malvertisement blitz

I disagree with the description of this using a technique called Steganography, which is the art of hiding something inside something else, such as an encrypted file in a JPEG image. Steganography is used to transport information secretly. This is just plain buffer overruns in internal browser or os code. They aren’t “hiding” the exploit in the graphic, they are using corrupt graphic data to exploit a software bug.

I doubt it actually displays a graphic image, such that people who aren’t infected don’t notice a problem. If it does, then I guess this description would be correct. But steganography usually betrays itself in the size of the container, because they are usually much larger than a “normal” container.

If you ask me, this kind of blanket attack is very likely to succeed in a large number of cases. Way too many people think they are not rich and interesting enough for crackers to steal their money, but they’re wrong.

This is why my firewall protects my router from internal threats, in addition to external threats. You never know when you’ll be tricked into clicking something malicious. It’s fascinating how many devices do try to connect to the router.

DNSChanger causes network computers to visit fraudulent domains.

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Wisdom for the “post-fact” world

“Scientific evidence does not rely on trusting the authority of the person who made the discovery,” team member Angela Attwood, a psychology professor at the University of Bristol, said in a statement “Rather, credibility accumulates through independent replication and elaboration of the ideas and evidence.”

HDHomeRun Connect was so easy to setup

If you are looking to cut the cord, consider getting a 2-tuner HDHomeRun Connect and a tv antenna and using the Kodi app to watch and record live broadcast TV.

You just connect the antenna, an ethernet cable, and power, and any device on your LAN or wifi can get up to 2 channels of Live TV in the free Kodi app on your Roku, Raspberry Pi entertainment center server, laptop, tablet and/or phone.

Just add more HDHomeRun Connect boxes anywhere in the house and clients find them all automatically, and can watch live and record more channels simultaneously. Hardware setup was incredibly painless and automatic. Kodi setup isn’t hard, but may require a little googling and youtube video watching before you figure it all out. There are pre-built Raspberry Pi images available to make a Kodi Entertainment Center. Add USB2 hard drives to the Pi and it can start recording Live TV today. Add a Roku or Raspberry Pi to each television set in the house, and any location can watch any recording or live channel anywhere on the home LAN.

Very slick.