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Cable Haunt vulnerability affects millions of Broadcom cable modems

13
Jan
2020
Cable Haunt vulnerability affects millions of Broadcom cable modems

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Cybercriminals can exploit a critical vulnerability in Broadcom chips, a hardware and software component in most of the world’s cable modems, to intercept private messages and redirect traffic, and change default DNS servers, MAC addresses of associated devices and serial numbers, according to a paper published by Danish security researchers.

The vulnerability, dubbed Cable Haunt, is estimated to have affected more than 200 million devices in Europe alone. The number could be much higher, considering that the original software was copied by different companies in the manufacturing process of the firmware.

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