Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish website breached - customers warned

Filed under

Cisco is advising customers to update passwords for the company's web portal following a security breach reported this morning.

The company has admitted that the compromise could expose customer passwords but gave no further details of the cause of the problem.

In a press statement, Cisco said: "It has been brought to our attention that there is an issue in a search tool that could expose passwords for registered users.

"As a result, to protect our registered users, we're taking the proactive step of resetting passwords. Needless to say we're investigating the incident which does not appear to be due to a weakness in our security products and technologies or with our network infrastructure."

The company also stressed on its website that the incident appears unrelated to flaws in Cisco products.

Security experts, however, are unsure as hackers around the world have been racing to find a vulnerability in Cisco equipment since it was described by security researcher Michael Lynn at the Black Hat conference last week. Cisco and Lynn's former employer, Internet Security Systems, have taken legal action against the researcher following the presentation.

One industry source said: "I think this has the possibility of having a significant impact on corporations and the intellectual property of Cisco."

But others disagree. Michael Maddison, director of enterprise risk services for Deloitte, said: "I think it's more likely to be a vulnerability in web applications than Cisco equipment. That's my opinion - we see vulnerabilities in web pages all the time."


More in Tux Machines

Android Leftovers

LG releases webOS Open Source Edition, looks to expand webOS usage

LG’s smart TVs ship with an operating system called webOS, which is the latest version of an operating system that was developed by Palm to run on phones, acquired by HP to use with tablets, and eventually sold to LG, which is still using it today. But now LG wants to expand the adoption of webOS and the company is working with the South Korean government to solicit business proposals from other companies interested in using webOS. LG has also released a webOS Open Source Edition version of the operating system. Read more

Test driving 4 open source music players and more

In my last article, I described my latest music problem: I need an additional stage of amplification to make proper use of my new phono cartridge. While my pre-amplifier contains a phono stage, its gain is only suitable for cartridges that output about 5mV, whereas my new cartridge has a nominal output of 0.4mV. Based on my investigation, I liked the looks of the Muffsy phono kits, so I ordered the head amplifier, the power supply, and the back panel. I also needed to obtain a case to hold the boards and the back panel, available online from many vendors. Muffsy does not sell the “wall wart” necessary to power the unit, so I ordered one of those from a supplier in California. Finally, inspecting my soldering iron, solder “sucker,” and solder, I’ve realized I need to do better—so a bit more shopping, online or local, is in order there. Finally, for those, like me, whose soldering skills may be rusty and perhaps were not all that great to begin with, Muffsy kindly offers links to two instructional videos. Read more

Today in Techrights