Cape Town news has discovered a security hole in Telkom’s premium combo DSL router that allows hackers to obtain a DSL account’s username and password.
This information is then used to gain Internet access, using the DSL account, and deprives victims of bandwidth they have paid for.
The premium combo DSL router has a Remote Acess feature which is disabled by default. However, this security measure is easily defeated by connecting to the router via the alternative port number.
To protect yourself from this security hole, please ensure that your router’s firewall is turned on and that your admin password has been changed to something non-trivial.
Ultimately, Telkom, is liable, I believe, for this security hole which has been widely exploited already to deny people use of the bandwidth they are paying exorbitantly for.
People who have had their bandwidth stolen in this manner, may contact me if they are interested in joining a legal suit against Telkom.
Despite my efforts to get Telkom to reinstate my bandwidth, they refuse to respond to my correspondence.