New law in California bans default passwords

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New law in California bans default passwords

Post by badkitty » October 5th, 2018, 8:48 pm

Is this going too far or what?

Good news!

California has passed a law banning default passwords like “admin,” “123456” and the old classic “password” in all new consumer electronics starting in 2020.

Every new gadget built in the state from routers to smart home tech will have to come with “reasonable” security features out of the box. The law specifically calls for each device to come with a preprogrammed password “unique to each device.”

It also mandates that any new device “contains a security feature that requires a user to generate a new means of authentication before access is granted to the device for the first time,” forcing users to change the unique password to something new as soon as it’s switched on for the first time.

For years, botnets have utilized the power of badly secured connected devices to pummel sites with huge amounts of internet traffic — so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Botnets typically rely on default passwords that are hardcoded into devices when they’re built that aren’t later changed by the user. Malware breaks into the devices using publicly available default passwords, hijacks the device and ensnares the device into conducting cyberattacks without the user’s knowledge.

Two years ago, the notorious Mirai botnet dragged thousands of devices together to target Dyn, a networking company that provides domain name service to major sites. By knocking Dyn offline, other sites that relied on its services were also inaccessible — like Twitter, Spotify and SoundCloud.

Mirai was a relatively rudimentary, albeit powerful botnet that relied on default passwords. This law is a step in the right direction to prevent these kinds of botnets, but falls short on wider security issues.

Other, more advanced botnets don’t need to guess a password because they instead exploit known vulnerabilities in Internet of Things devices — like smart bulbs, alarms and home electronics.

As noted by others, the law as signed does not mandate device makers to update their software when bugs are found. The big device makers, like Amazon, Apple and Google, do update their software, but many of the lesser-known brands do not.

Still, as it stands, the law is better than nothing — even if there’s room for improvement in the future.
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Post by BHT » October 6th, 2018, 7:31 pm

Jesus now we have to be told what passwords we can or can not use, this is too much legislating

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Post by Jag » October 7th, 2018, 8:05 am

It's not necessary I for one change all login passwords every site regularly
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Post by STICK » October 8th, 2018, 10:57 am

They must be really bored in Sacramento to think of this idea for a new law. How about they worry about our illegal immigration problem instead/

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Post by greatpornlinks » October 9th, 2018, 11:00 am

We need a law on passwords????

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Post by vblogger » October 11th, 2018, 8:28 am

It's crazy how we have to mandate so many little things in Cali

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Post by ispdn » October 13th, 2018, 12:47 pm

Only in California an they think of useless laws to waste time and tax payer dollars on

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Post by killah » October 14th, 2018, 12:50 pm

It actually makes sense

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Post by HeidiHoe » October 14th, 2018, 2:09 pm

The unique password for each device is a good idea and may very well prevent someone from using loads of things in DDoS attacks but if the passwords are unique why force consumers to change them? Shouldn't that then be optional? You know there's morons out there that'll change it to admin, password, 123456, etc.

Check out the internet of things. You'll be surprised by the number of devices left unsecured or that can be accessed with default passwords. For example there's security cameras you can view and change the settings on.
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Post by xxxman » October 15th, 2018, 11:47 am

You should never use the same password for more than one device, it is asking for trouble.

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