In 2018, A hacker broke into people’s routers (100,000 of them) and patched their vulnerabilities up so that they couldn’t be abused by other hackers. zdnet.com/article/a-myste…
A hacker broke into people's routers and patched them so they couldn't be abused by other hackers. zdnet.com/article/a-myste…
In April of 1997, the internet faced a blackout due to a single bad router in Florida. The bug spread like a plague across the world, crashing networks everywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AS_…
The name of TOR, the software for enabling anonymous communication over the internet, is derived from an acronym for the original software project name "The Onion Router". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Cisco logo meant Golden gate bridge in San FranCisco and the name Cisco came from the city where it originated, San Fran'Cisco' it is a representation of routers and switches in the form of Golden gate bridge. It symbolizes a connection between the past and the future. 1000logos.net/cisco-logo/
The first modern Internet router was called a "Fuzzball" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuz…
Bill Yeager, then a staff researcher at Stanford, invented the router; not Cisco as is commonly believed. networkworld.com/article/…
The Computer Misuse Act 1990 came about when 2 Journalists broke into BT's Prestel service in order to access data inside the Duke of Edinburghs's email account, using just a router and a PC. itpro.co.uk/it-legislatio…
Nearly all WiFi routers and WiFi enabled devices are susceptible to a de-authentication attack, where a code is sent to the router preventing connected devices from staying logged in. Though there is a protocol which prevents the attack, most routers and electronics don't use it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-…
Sheep can be used as wireless routers thefuturescentre.org/sign…
Comcast uses peoples home routers to create public wifi money.cnn.com/2014/06/16/…
A man equipped a cat with a collar which allowed him to map dozens of his neighbors WiFi networks and and identify some of their routers, he named the collar "WarKitteh" wired.com/2014/08/how-to-…
Microwave ovens have the same frequency and wavelength of light as a wifi router, so a microwave is like "bright" wifi signal cooking your food! popularmechanics.com/home…
West Virginia officials used over $100,000 in federal grants to install 7 routers within a half mile radius to service Clay, WV, population 491. The WV legislature supports 600 on a single lesser switch. The $5 million overspent on routers could've extended the fiber network 103 miles further. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
A one-room West Virginia library runs a $20,000 Cisco router arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
The first documented IoT (Internet of things) cyber attack involved over 100,000 smart appliances such as home-networking routers, connected multi-media centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator. proofpoint.com/us/proofpo…
Comcast uses customers' routers as the infrastructure for it's Xfinity wifi network! arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
When I let my Android phone use GPS, I unwittingly agreed to let Google broadcast the Latitude, Longitude and hardware MAC address of my home WiFi router to a public database on the Internet. WTF, Google? search.slashdot.org/story…
In Romania, with ~$20 / month you get a subscription for 1000 Mbps Internet. Although you will need an SSD and a special router. rcs-rds.ro/internet-digi-…
Traceroute uses UDP because in 1988 Router Vendors implemented the RFC's incorrectly inetdaemon.com/tutorials/…
$22,600 of stimulus money was used to purchase an Internet router for a library that has 4 computers wvgazette.com/News/201205…
Back in 2003, Belkin made a router that redirected people to advertising sites on purpose geek.com/news/belkin-rout…
AESA Radar can be used as a Gigabit WiFi router en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Most people's internet connections are slower then USB 1.1, and many people could connect to their router using a USB 2.0 cable and without bottlenecks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB…
"Free Public WiFi" you found in airports, coffee shops or libraries is an old Windows XP bug. Meaning when a user selects it, he or she isn't connecting to a router or hot spot, but rather directly to someone else's computer in the area. npr.org/2010/10/09/130451…
Router manufacturers falsely advertise combined throughput speeds as if it is the total throughput speed. pcmag.com/article2/0,2817…
Cisco and Linksys router "Cloud" updates will provide Cisco with access to view your internet history. cisco.com/web/siteassets/…
Google and Mozilla uses wireless routers to location track phones, and to opt out, the SSID needs to end with "_nomap" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-…
The English accent pronounces "Router" as "Rooter", While in Australia and New Zealand, it is pronounced like Americans do. Catch is... in Australia and New Zealand, "Route" is pronounced as "Root", like the English Accent. Youtube: ~7min mark. youtu.be/_XOxlXqysdk
In 2003, 700k Netgear routers unintentionally DDoSed the University of Wisconsin-Madison's time servers. A firmware update made them contact the servers less often, but they still get high traffic because not many people upgrade their firmware. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTP…
DomainDiscount24.com/Sedo.com uses their "domain.name" domain to exploit default domain settings on some routers to serve ads.

Any request for *.domain.name lands you at a parked domain for DD24(Ubuntu Machine) or SedoParking(IPhone).

I only realized this after I thought my computer somehow got compromised and DNS poisoning/hijacking/spoofing was happening somewhere. I used dig and wireshark to query thiswillnotwork12345865ihope.com and see the root dns server fails and then Ubuntu tries thiswillnotwork12345865ihope.com.domain.name which resolves.

I then realized my adsl router default domain name for dhcp is domain.name. After I changed it to something arbitrary my sanity returned.

But I do feel a lot of anger towards DD24 and Sedo because Joe Soap will have a harder time to figure this out. I also feel the router manufacturer is partly to blame and I'm going to email them and if they do not reply I will name and shame them.

Google was also not very helpful while I was diagnosing this problem so hopefully this post will help other Googlers in the future.

TL;DR I thought my computer was cracked, only to realize default settings on my router was the problem.

Your average wifi router broadcasts a torus or doughnut shaped signal connect802.com/antennas.h…
Netgear routers DDoS attacked the University of Wisconsin pages.cs.wisc.edu/~plonka…
Dlink have online emulators for their routers. justinho.com/blog/d-link-…
At one point, Belkin routers redirected valid requests to an ad page once every eight hours. theregister.co.uk/2003/11…
Cisco's largest router (CRS, or Carrier Routing System) is internally referred to as HFR, or "Huge Fucking Router" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…

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