Hackers – 1, US Air Force – 0

US Air Force information about drones, tanks, and deployment tactics was leaked and up for sale on the dark web. Future’s Inskit Group first identified  this product on the underground marketplace and  reported about it July 10th. Inskit Group confirmed the hackers had actually managed to steal this secret military intel, and Business Insider reported the hackers managed to steal it from a remote area in South America on very little bandwidth. So what do you need to know? Keep reading.

They hacked Air Force Bases via a Netgear vulnerability  flagged two years ago.  The default FTP authentication credentials weren’t updated. Despite the Netgear guide on how to change these IDs and passwords to protect your personal and business servers.

Wait, so there’s billions of dollars of military technology sitting behind unprotected servers? Yes, the MQ-9 Reaper is one of the most expensive and lethal weapons produced in the past twenty years. Hopefully these revelations are embarrassing enough for firms to tighten their cyber etiquette.

Smart gadgets (IoT) are especially susceptible to breaches. Make sure your devices are connected to a separate network than your personal computer.

How to prevent this in your home:

  1. Change the name and password from their defaults on your router. Learn from the mistakes of the US Air Force and ensure you secure your Wireless Access Points.
  2. Protect your online transactions and communication with either Nord VPN or Hotspot Shield. Make it so the data you send is encrypted.
  3. Update all your accounts with Dashlane. Dashlane is the password manager we recommend. It generates unique and complex passwords and you can try it for free here!

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