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Sky wireless routers - users advised to set new wireless key
Thursday 21 February 2008 14:52:59 by Andrew Ferguson

Sky Broadband goes further than many broadband providers and hardware suppliers in supplying its Sky Broadband wireless router, a Netgear DG834GT, with wireless security switched on by default. This means the wireless network is secure out of the box, but it appears according to an article on The Register that if you can obtain the MAC address (a number which identifies individual pieces of networking hardware, and is nothing to do with broadband migrations in this case) the default security key can be worked out and someone could potentially use the connection.

The solution is for people to alter the security key, Sky Broadband has an article in its Help Centre which goes through the steps needed to change the security key. WPA-PSK Security Encryption is easier to configure as it will accept easy to remember phrases rather than complex hexadecimal strings like WEP, but be sure to pick a phrase that is not easy to guess, so for example avoid using your address, family names etc.

The chances of someone bothering to hack into your wireless network are probably slight and with the number of wireless networks that have no security enabled people are likely to look elsewhere. As was highlighted recently even using a wireless network without the owners permission is an offence that could lead to arrest. Hacking into a secured network no matter how easy it was to do will also be an offence.


Posted by 2doorsbob over 9 years ago
A free wireless router not so good after all ..may be if you gave your customers the choice of security like mac address filtering they wouldnt have to worry about people hacking into there network offerings shouldnt be the motive to get you to sign up in the first place ..i notice tiscali are the lastest to jump on the bandwagon
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"A free wireless router not so good after all"
Rubbish, issues SIMILAR to this have in the past occured with other equipment and other ISPs It is nothing new. The chances of you being hacked are almost zero and changing the encryption key like the story mentions lowers the risk even more. Sky IMO should be partly congratulated for point the issue out and also adding a simple step by step guide on their web site. Thats a lot more than you would get from some providers (including BT when their home hub had a big security flaw).
Posted by 2doorsbob over 9 years ago
I was just pointing out carpet that locking access to security settings as sky do has partly led to the problem .but you know better obviously
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Im sorry i dont understand what you mean by "security" as far as im aware sky users can and always have been able to enable and disable wireless and its security features in the 834GT. Atleast they have given instruction on what users should do which is more than the BT episode last year with the homehub hole that needed a firmware update. Even after the update the option that was causing the issue still appeared in the settings screen you just could no longer alter it. Issues akin to this are not that unusual.
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