World’s first hack-proof Wi-Fi router with open source firmware is here

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World’s first open source hack-proof Wi-Fi router launched

Turris Omnia WiFi Router, the world’s first hack-proof router with open source firmware launched yesterday at the CES Unveiled Show in Prague, Czech Republic.

WiFi Routers are the gateway for every home and business Internet network. Though they are the mainstay behind your Internet connection so little has been done or thought about their security. In most of the cases, the only security feature enabled on your WiFi router is its default password. Any hacker with basic Internet language and right tools can hack your home/business Wi-Fi router, providing him/here complete access to your PC/data.

This was best demonstrated when hackers managed to breach the defenses of Bangladesh Bank because it was using a $10 router. The hackers siphoned off whopping $1 billion due to  the fact that the bank officials did not change the default password for the routers in the bank.

Now it seems someone has woken up to the dangers of vulnerable routers. NIC.cz has come up with Turris Omnia router which is said to be the world’s first hack-proof WiFi router.

The Turris Omnia router is a result of a cyber security research project by Czech Republic’s domain administrator NIC.cz. Furthermore, NIC.cz has open-sourced the Turris Omnia firmware making it easy for automatic updates and patching vulnerabilities once they become exposed.

Ondrej Filip, NIC.cz CEO, explained the general idea behind the project:



If you look at an average router you can buy from a shop, it comes with firmware that is not designed to ever be updated. But routers are quite easy to hack and there have been a lot of examples in the past of vulnerabilities that have never been fixed. In our research, we have seen examples of massive cyber attacks coming from people’s home routers,” Filip described. “Essentially, there is a very large botnet that is trying to find poorly secured routers and connects them to itself. At the end, you have thousands of devices that are working together trying, for example, to guess some passwords.”

Filip says that the ability of Turris Omnia to self-update and also communicate with other routers and share information about possible security threats makes it unique. The user has a complete overview of the network, easily monitoring which devices are connected to it and to which servers data is being sent.

Another advantage of Turris Omnia is that both the hardware and software are open source so people with the necessary knowledge can further tinker with it.

The Turris Omnia router is priced at $284 including shipping. The router comes with a 2GB expanded RAM, Wi-Fi cards, power supply and cooler. Thought the Turris Omnia router looks a tad expensive, it looks like a good buy for its features. You can visit the Turris Omnia Indiegogo campaign and book yourself one.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Unhackable? Really? Nothing is unhackable.

    While it may be more secure than many routers at its price point… It may not.

    First, it is open source which is generally a good thing, but if a black hat hacker sees a bug in the firmware, they can exploit it until someone identifies and patches it… The only way open source is more secure is if more good guys are looking at the code than bad guys, and that needs marketshare.

    Next, its self updating, hacking the update mechanism could mean the device will load a tweaked firmware and be effectively owned by the hackers.

    Finally, it’s claims of being back proof are dangerous. Someone may by this for their business and because of this claim they may not monitor it properly. Real firewall routers from the likes of Cisco, juniper, and the like have excellent monitoring tools and often even automatically analyze traffic for unusual patterns that may indicate a threat. Im sure this box lacks these kind of controls.

    One phrase that should be taken out of the authors vocabulary is hack-proof… The only way to be hack proof is to pull the power cords and incinerate all of your computers.

  2. There is no such thing as unhackable. Only air gap devices can’t be hacked remotely since you need physical access. And also claiming such a thing on Internet just gets you unwanted attention. Since people will take this as a challenge.

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