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Hacker reveals vulnerable global Internet

An anonymous researcher has found that all sorts of devices connected to the Internet are protected only by the easy-to-guess default passwords that the equipment came with when new.

An anonymous -- and controversial -- researcher surreptitiously tested trillions of Internet addresses over the past nine months. The hacker found that all sorts of devices are protected only by the easy-to-guess default passwords that the equipment came with when new, according to the BBC.

Chester Wisniewski, with the computer security firm Sophos, joins Marketplace Tech host David Brancaccio to explain what this means for global Internet security.

 

 

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio
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How about a follow-up piece about what consumers can do to secure their home networks, including links to free intrusion detection kits that the Ars Technica comments have?

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