For the experiment, a special bait was created that simulated the signal of a potentially vulnerable and therefore interesting device for hackers – a router, a video surveillance camera or other “smart” gadget.
Specialists of the German company Avira, known for the antivirus of the same name, shared the results of their own research on which combination of username and password to access smart network devices are the most vulnerable from the point of view of attackers.
For the experiment, a special bait was created that simulated the signal of a device potentially interesting to hackers – a router, a surveillance camera, or another “smart” gadget. As a result, over 14,000 virtual hackers fell into the ploy of developers. Most often, in 25.6% of cases, hackers tried to access the device without entering a username and password. The most popular combinations among crackers were admin and QWestM0dem, as well as admin and airlive. Their hackers used in 24% of cases.
The following are standard combinations – admin / admin, support / support and root / root. Avira experts said that most users simply do not know that the default username and password set by the manufacturer must be changed, and many who have heard about this are too lazy to do this, or change their username / password to some easily guessed banal combinations.